More Police Departments Encrypt Communications; Journalists Object

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Police departments are moving to shield radio communications from the public as cheap, user-friendly technology makes it easy for anyone to use handheld devices to keep tabs on officers, the Associated Press reports. Journalists and neighborhood watchdogs oppose the trend, saying that open communications ensure that the public gets information as quickly as possible that can be vital to safety.

Washington, D.C., police adopted the practice this fall. Police Chief Cathy Lanier said a group of burglars who police believe were following radio communications on their smartphones pulled off . . .

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