Senate Approves Becker’s Bill to Limit Police Radio Encryption | New


Senate Bill 1000, which would require police departments to identify alternatives to encrypted radio communications, passed the state Senate by a vote of 25 to 8 on May 26, 2022. Embarcadero Media file photo.

A bill by State Sen. Josh Becker that would require California law enforcement to find alternatives to radio encryption was approved by the state Senate on Thursday, May 26.

The legislation, known as Senate Bill 1000, responds to the recent trend of police departments across California moving to encrypted communication, a practice that prevents media and residents from monitoring police activities. font through a font scanner. The bill gives law enforcement agencies until January 1, 2024 to develop policies that would protect confidential information while restoring public access to regular radio communications.

State Senator Josh Becker, D-Menlo Park, speaks during a press conference at Barron Park Elementary School in Palo Alto on March 2, 2021. Photo by Magali Gauthier.

The Palo Alto Police Department was one of dozens of law enforcement agencies across the state that switched to encryption in response to an October 2020 memo from the US Department of Justice. ‘State. The agency directive ordered agencies to protect personally identifiable information such as Social Security numbers, license plate numbers and criminal records.

Some agencies, including the Palo Alto Police and most other Santa Clara County police departments, responded by encrypting all radio communications. Others, including the California Highway Patrol, have taken a “hybrid” approach in which personally identifiable information is transmitted through secure channels while most other communications continue to be publicly available.

SB 1000 states that agencies may comply with the confidentiality requirement by using an encrypted channel for the dissemination of confidential information; by transmitting the information via a mobile data terminal, tablet or other text display device; or by communicating it via telephone or other private device-to-device communication.


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