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Usually in the manual. Which radio are you looking to find this information for?

The privacy codes are not frequencies... they use the same FRS/GMRS frequencies that all walkie talkies have. They are actually "tones" like public safety uses on conventional FM frequencies. They are CTCSS and/or DCS sub-audible squelch tones which will block all signals on that frequency from breaking squelch unless they have the correct "tone" selected.

My Motorola walkie talkie, for instance, has 121 possible "privacy codes." Privacy codes 1 through 38 are CTCSS tones starting at 67.0 Hz and going up to the highest which is 250.3 Hz. The remaining privacy codes are DCS tones ranging from 023 to 754.
 
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Well you would find the privacy code's corresponding tone (that's usually in the manual) then you can program your scanner as say: 452.5625 MHz with a tone of 88.5 Hz (or whatever tone it happens to be).

If you program your scanner without a tone entered, then you will hear everything on the frequency, regardless of if the walkie talkie has a privacy code enabled or not.
 
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So how would I go about programming them in my scanner then
Here is what I would do. I assume that you want to program your scanner with the frequency of the radio and then program the assigned tone as well? If this is the case do this.

Program in the frequency in question and then turn on the search function for tones. This way your scanner will search to see which tone the radio in question is using. Once you know what the tone is then you can go back and set the tone to match the frequency programmed. Hope that makes sence.

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Understand that these so-called "privacy codes" will NOT prevent others from hearing your conversations; using a "privacy code will only prevent you from hearing theirs... not so much for "privacy", but as a convenience to you. The use of the term "privacy" is merely marketing spin.
 
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