Federal Communications Law Journal

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48 Federal Communications Law Journal 187 (1995)


Until recently, Americans could enjoy a quiet conversation over a doughnut and a cup of coffee with the knowledge that the conversation was indeed private. Dramatically, the illusion broke: the "walls have ears" at some Dunkin' Donuts shops in the form of hidden microphones. Employees and management actually listened to customers' "coffee talk." This Note analyzes the requirements of Title III of the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968 and concludes that the surreptitious recording of customers' oral communications violates the spirit and letter of the Act.