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News - February 12, 2021

Radio silence

As police encryption of dispatch transmissions grow, questions remain about the public right to information — and alternatives that would not exclude news organizations

by Sue Dremann

Police departments throughout the Midpeninsula are following in the footsteps of the Palo Alto Police Department, which on Jan. 5 abruptly announced it would immediately encrypt its dispatch radio communications — a longtime source of information for residents and the news media — to protect certain private information from being transmitted publicly.

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— Sue Dremann


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