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Is it true that the live police scanner feeds are aimed at the public?

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Live police scanner feeds are not meant for the public. But, both the Communications Act and Wiretap Act allow for the interception of these feeds, which are a direct information source, provided they are not misused by any members of the public.

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Is it true that the live police scanner feeds are aimed at the public?
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Members can tune into live police or fire feeds or even read their transcriptions on specific online social media feeds. According to the Communication Act's amended Section 705, the aforementioned things are allowed as long as nobody publishes the content or uses it in a way that benefits any individual, according to Radio Television Digital News Association. An official online streaming of radio communications are maintained by some fire and police departments for public use.

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