Coded Communications Law and Legal Definition

Coded communications are messages that are encoded or enciphered by some method of transposition or substitution so that they become unintelligible to anyone who does not have the key to the code or cipher. Codes were once common for ensuring the confidentiality of communications. One reason for coding is to enable communication in places where ordinary spoken or written language is difficult or impossible. Codes may also be used to represent data in a way more resistant to errors in transmission or storage or it can be used for brevity.