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The Official Thread: Live audio feeds, scanners, and... wait for it.. ENCRYPTION!

jj53191

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I heard that Fremont County, Colorado encrypted all their main dispatch talkgroups because they didn't want to be "live fed" on the internet. Looks like it worked...

I'm sure there are others...
I have to agree with you on that.
While in a lot of municipalities, it is illegal to monitor a scanner while in a vehicle.
The ratio of scanner owners to those that actually have the unit in their vehicle was probably not a big concern.
With almost everyone having a cell phone, The ability to monitor the live streaming of sensitive police radio while in a vehicle raises
concern for law enforcement.
Eventually, will make scanner listening a thing of the past and for the younger generation, a hobby that dad and grandpa used to enjoy.

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darkness975

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I have to agree with you on that.
While in a lot of municipalities, it is illegal monitor a scanner while in a vehicle.
The ratio of scanner owners to those that actually have the unit in their vehicle was probably not a big concern.
With almost everyone having a cell phone, The ability to monitor the live streaming of sensitive police radio while in a vehicle raises
concern for law enforcement.
Eventually, will make scanner listening a thing of the past and for the younger generation, a hobby that dad and grandpa used to enjoy.
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"Eventually, will make scanner listening a thing of the past and for the younger generation, a hobby that dad and grandpa used to enjoy."

Yep. The kinds today have their Citizen app tied into the the CAD systems of the local public safety dispatches, and their Ring and Nest camera networks for crowdsourced real-crime entertainment.
 

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My kids had some friends over and when the scanner went off they were puzzled why anyone would listen to that. They thought it was illegal and we were freaks.
That seems to be a common thought process. Often when I'm gaming or someone drops by I get the same questions. "Isnt it illegal to have that? Can you talk to them? Why would you want to hear cops? Are you doing something illegal?"

Okay admittedly the last one is usually asked by people online (that can hear the scanners via my headset) when I'm gaming but still. After a while I start replying with stupid answers like yeah I'm a huge deal in the underworld.

But seriously I hope something turns around. Seems a delay from real time for streaming apps would solve basically 98% of the issues but no one is willing to do it ...
 
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I love encryption and all the systems I manage even down to MOTOTRBO systems that local businesses uses run encryption.


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I am the only user (my fleet) on my areas MotoTRBO Connect Plus system, and only because I added enhanced privacy to all our radios...the Con+ admins just toss out radios with not even basic privacy enabled.

Paul

I love encryption and all the systems I manage even down to MOTOTRBO systems that local businesses uses run encryption.


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I understand that attempting to decode or listening to encrypted transmissions is illegal but I am unable to find the law or general statue that says it is illegal. In other words what would you be charged with by decoding encrypted signals what agency would be the one to file charges?
 
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