Cyber/wireless/telephone privacy myths

You might like to think that the call you made to your accountant yesterday from your wireless phone was private and untraceable, but you probably realize you’d be kidding yourself.

Privacy has been a bit a joke for quite a while now in America–requiring people to give their social security numbers as ID has been going on for nearly half a century. But this latest is a clear step over the edge…

The three biggest phone companies in America (AT
&T, Verizon, and BellSouth) have handed over millions of wireless phone records to the National Security Agency without a court order.

And though you can encrypt VoIP signals, it’s still a simple matter to trace certain information about those calls–like where they come from and where they go. The fact is, you can’t yell fire in a crowded theater and you can’t talk about anything that remotely smells like sinister and expect to be able to get away with it. Well, at least that’s the intention. The fact that we missed years of subrosa preparation by the Al-Qaeda group is a good sign that even when the government has total access, the stuff they catch might not be the right stuff anyway.

Let’s hope this new invasion of privacy is worth the results.

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