2007 ORS 133.721¹
Definitions for ORS 41.910 and 133.721 to 133.739

As used in ORS 41.910 (Certain intercepted communications inadmissible) and 133.721 (Definitions for ORS 41.910 and 133.721 to 133.739) to 133.739 (Civil damages for willful interception, disclosure or use of communications), unless the context requires otherwise:

(1) "Aggrieved person" means a person who was a party to any wire, electronic or oral communication intercepted under ORS 133.724 (Order for interception of communications) or 133.726 (Interception of oral communication without order) or a person against whom the interception was directed and who alleges that the interception was unlawful.

(2) "Contents," when used with respect to any wire, electronic or oral communication, includes any information concerning the identity of the parties to such communication or the existence, substance, purport or meaning of that communication.

(3) "Electronic communication" means any transfer of signs, signals, writing, images, sounds, data or intelligence of any nature transmitted in whole or in part by a radio, electromagnetic, photoelectronic or photo-optical system, or transmitted in part by wire, but does not include:

(a) Any oral communication or any communication that is completely by wire; or

(b) Any communication made through a tone-only paging device.

(4) "Electronic, mechanical or other device" means any device or apparatus that can be used to intercept a wire, electronic or oral communication other than:

(a) Any telephone or telegraph instrument, equipment or facility, or any component thereof that is furnished to the subscriber or user by a telecommunications carrier in the ordinary course of its business and that is being used by the subscriber or user in the ordinary course of its business or being used by a telecommunications carrier in the ordinary course of its business, or by an investigative or law enforcement officer in the ordinary course of official duties; or

(b) A hearing aid or similar device being used to correct subnormal hearing to not better than normal.

(5) "Intercept" means the acquisition, by listening or recording, of the contents of any wire, electronic or oral communication through the use of any electronic, mechanical or other device.

(6) "Investigative or law enforcement officer" means an officer or other person employed by a county sheriff or municipal police department, the Oregon State Police, Attorney General, a district attorney or the Department of Corrections, and officers or other persons employed by law enforcement agencies of other states or the federal government, to investigate or enforce the law.

(7) "Oral communication" means:

(a) Any oral communication, other than a wire or electronic communication, uttered by a person exhibiting an expectation that such communication is not subject to interception under circumstances justifying such expectation; or

(b) An utterance by a person who is participating in a wire or electronic communication, if the utterance is audible to another person who, at the time the wire or electronic communication occurs, is in the immediate presence of the person participating in the communication.

(8) "Telecommunications carrier" means:

(a) A telecommunications utility as defined in ORS 759.005 (Definitions); or

(b) A cooperative corporation organized under ORS chapter 62 that provides telecommunications services.

(9) "Telecommunications service" has the meaning given that term in ORS 759.005 (Definitions).

(10) "Wire communication" means any communication made in whole or in part through the use of facilities for the transmission of communications by the aid of wire, cable or other like connection between the point of origin and the point of reception, whether furnished or operated by a public utility or privately owned or leased. [1979 c.716 §2; 1983 c.824 §6; 1987 c.320 §18; 1987 c.447 §103; 1989 c.983 §6; 1999 c.1093 §1; 2001 c.385 §1; 2003 c.14 §53; 2005 c.22 §104]

Notes of Decisions

Recording of telephone conversa­tion by police of­fi­cer-party to conversa­tion was not "intercep­tion" subject to suppression for failure to obtain court order. State v. Underwood, 293 Or 389, 648 P2d 847 (1982)

Defendant did not have reasonable expecta­tion that utterance made while seated in patrol car after being arrested would not be intercepted. State v. Wischnofske, 129 Or App 231, 878 P2d 1130 (1994)

1 Legislative Counsel Committee, CHAPTER 133—Arrest and Related Procedures; Search and Seizure; Extradition, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­133.­html (2007) (last ac­cessed Feb. 12, 2009).
2 Legislative Counsel Committee, Annotations to the Oregon Revised Stat­utes, Cumulative Supplement - 2007, Chapter 133, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­133ano.­htm (2007) (last ac­cessed Feb. 12, 2009).
3 OregonLaws.org assembles these lists by analyzing references between Sections. Each listed item refers back to the current Section in its own text. The result reveals relationships in the code that may not have otherwise been apparent.