In-the-clear meaning

Without encryption. See cleartext and plaintext.
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Referring to radio frequency (RF) transmission with no encryption or scrambling mechanism for security purposes. See also encryption, RF, scramble, and security.
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(chiefly US, idiomatic) Not guilty or not suspected of wrongdoing.
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(of a television or radio transmission) Transmitted without encryption or scrambling.

FM radio stations are broadcast in the clear.

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