Re: [infoguys-list] Recording Scanner Traffic
- In a message dated 9/27/2007 7:02:58 A.M. Pacific Daylight Time,
I would suggest yopu check with your local authorities. I was an assignment
editor for TV station and i recorded scanner traffic all the time--most of
time it was for rebroadcast with disclosing personal info.
You are, of course, correct and it is done everyday all across America.
Police and fire radio stations are authorized by the FCC and they are labeled
"public safety radio service" broadcasts. I think the word PUBLIC says it all
contrary to what law enforcement might want us to believe. I do not know if
there are any states that have made it unlawful to intercept same but I
highly doubt it.
There are, however, many laws on the books about attempts to interfere with
or disrupt the transmission of such broadcasts as well as aiding and abetting
the subject of any such transmission who might be named as a suspect,
fugitive, etc. There are also laws about using the communication to assist in the
commission of a criminal offense. There are laws about manufacturers being
prohibited from making scanners that can receive cellular phone frequencies
intentionally but I wonder what happens if your scanner accidentally receives
same. BUT, how do journalists and the like get away with the broadcasting of
the information since the ECPA makes it illegal to disclose information you
hear to other persons? Have the courts ruled that the FIRST Amendment rights
I know when eBay first came online, they contacted the U.S. Attorney
General's office about the sale of certain items. Janet Reno signed the letter
herself personally authorizing the sale of police scanners.
Uniden is probably the largest manufacturer although Radio Shack comes in at
a close second, I do believe. I've always used Uniden.
However, some local restrictions do apply and they do vary from state to
state. I believe that a few states require an FCC permit or amateur license for
mobile scanner usage.
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