Lane County sheriff encrypts radio traffic

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Associated Press

Posted on October 2, 2013 at 3:31 PM

Updated Wednesday, Oct 2 at 3:31 PM

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — The Lane County sheriff's office is the latest local law enforcement agency to encrypt all of its radio traffic to prevent people from listening to the broadcast exchanges between deputies and dispatchers.

The Register-Guard reports (http://bit.ly/18Op3Ld) officials are concerned about the transmission of private information — such as a medical condition or Social Security number.

Sgt. Steve French says the change was made with the department's transition to a new radio system.

Many law enforcement agencies throughout the country have scrambled their radio traffic in recent years, as it has become easier for the public to listen to police scanners on smartphone applications.

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Information from: The Register-Guard, http://www.registerguard.com

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