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§15A‑264.  Assistance in installation and use of a pen register or a trapand trace device.

(a)        Pen Registers. –Upon the request of a law enforcement officer authorized to install and use apen register under this Article, a provider of wire or electronic communicationservice, a landlord, a custodian, or other person shall furnish the officerpromptly with all information, facilities, or technical assistance necessary toaccomplish the installation of the pen register unobtrusively and with aminimum of interference with the communication services, if the assistance isdirected by a court order as provided in G.S. 15A‑263(b)(2).

(b)        Trap and TraceDevices. – Upon the request of a law enforcement officer authorized to receivethe results of a trap and trace device under this Article, a provider of a wireor electronic communication service, a landlord, a custodian, or other personshall install the device immediately on the appropriate line and shall furnishthe officer all additional information, facilities, or technical assistance,including installation and operation of the device unobtrusively and with aminimum of interference with the communication services, if the installationand assistance are directed by court order as provided in G.S. 15A‑263(b)(2). Unless otherwise ordered by the judge, the results of the trap and trace deviceshall be furnished to the law enforcement officer designated in the court orderat reasonable intervals during regular business hours for the duration of theorder.

(c)        Compensation. – Aprovider of a wire or electronic communication service, a landlord, acustodian, or other person who furnishes facilities or technical assistancepursuant to this section shall be compensated for the reasonable expensesincurred in providing the facilities and assistance.

(d)        No Cause of ActionAgainst a Provider Giving Information or Assistance Under this Article. – Nocause of action shall be allowed in any court against any provider of a wire orelectronic communication service, its officers, employees, agents, or otherspecified persons for providing information, facilities, or assistance inaccordance with the terms of a court order under this Article.

(e)        Defense. – A goodfaith reliance on a court order or a statutory authorization is a completedefense against any civil or criminal action brought under this Article or anyother law. (1987 (Reg. Sess., 1988), c. 1104, s. 1.)