2011 ORS § 165.535¹
Definitions applicable to obtaining contents of communications

As used in ORS 41.910 (Certain intercepted communications inadmissible), 133.723 (Records confidential), 133.724 (Order for interception of communications), 165.540 (Obtaining contents of communications) and 165.545 (Prohibitions not applicable to fire or police activities):

(1) Conversation means the transmission between two or more persons of an oral communication which is not a telecommunication or a radio communication.

(2) Person has the meaning given that term in ORS 174.100 (Definitions) and includes:

(a) Public officials and law enforcement officers of:

(A) The state and of a county, municipal corporation or any other political subdivision of the state; and

(B) A police department established by a university under ORS 352.383 (University police departments and officers); and

(b) An authorized tribal police officer as defined in section 1, chapter 644, Oregon Laws 2011.

(3) Radio communication means the transmission by radio or other wireless methods of writing, signs, signals, pictures and sounds of all kinds, including all instrumentalities, facilities, equipment and services (including, among other things, the receipt, forwarding and delivering of communications) incidental to such transmission.

(4) Telecommunication means the transmission of writing, signs, signals, pictures and sounds of all kinds by aid of wire, cable or other similar connection between the points of origin and reception of such transmission, including all instrumentalities, facilities, equipment and services (including, among other things, the receipt, forwarding and delivering of communications) incidental to such transmission. [1955 c.675 §1; 1959 c.681 §1; 1983 c.740 §34; 2011 c.644 §§25,67]

Note: The amendments to 165.535 (Definitions applicable to obtaining contents of communications) by section 74, chapter 644, Oregon Laws 2011, become operative July 1, 2015. See section 58, chapter 644, Oregon Laws 2011, as amended by section 77, chapter 644, Oregon Laws 2011. The text that is operative on and after July 1, 2015, is set forth for the users convenience.

165.535 (Definitions applicable to obtaining contents of communications). As used in ORS 41.910 (Certain intercepted communications inadmissible), 133.723 (Records confidential), 133.724 (Order for interception of communications), 165.540 (Obtaining contents of communications) and 165.545 (Prohibitions not applicable to fire or police activities):

(1) Conversation means the transmission between two or more persons of an oral communication which is not a telecommunication or a radio communication.

(2) Person has the meaning given that term in ORS 174.100 (Definitions) and includes public officials and law enforcement officers of:

(a) The state and of a county, municipal corporation or any other political subdivision of the state; and

(b) A police department established by a university under ORS 352.383 (University police departments and officers).

(3) Radio communication means the transmission by radio or other wireless methods of writing, signs, signals, pictures and sounds of all kinds, including all instrumentalities, facilities, equipment and services (including, among other things, the receipt, forwarding and delivering of communications) incidental to such transmission.

(4) Telecommunication means the transmission of writing, signs, signals, pictures and sounds of all kinds by aid of wire, cable or other similar connection between the points of origin and reception of such transmission, including all instrumentalities, facilities, equipment and services (including, among other things, the receipt, forwarding and delivering of communications) incidental to such transmission.