Post-It Phone Record Tapping

  • 21 January 2010

Did you notice that government agencies crave for more and more data concerning its citizens? Of course you did, you are already under surveillance. Every time an agency calls for more powers it assures that all means necessary are taken to avoid abuse of data and procedures. When it comes to the harsh reality all of these promises falter like wooden houses in a tsunami. All you need is a post-it and talking to the right people.

The FBI was so cavalier — and telecom companies so eager to help — that a verbal request or even one written on a Post-it note was enough for operators to hand over customer phone records, according to a damning report released on Wednesday by the U.S. Department of Justice Office of the Inspector General.

We’re surrounded by kind beings and everyone wants to help. Unfortunately the Road to Hell is paved with Good Intentions™. The report from the US-of-A Department of Justice has all the details. This is illegal, plain and simple. Law enforcement breaks rules and promises about privacy. The danger of the many laws against terror clearly outweigh the benefits of these laws. It seems that no one is willing to think before acting (this is equally true for law enforcement and companies dealing with requests for data extraction). All it takes is to demand proper authentication and forms. If you run a business you will need records to keep track of when and why you violated the rights of your customers. If you fail to do this, then you are as guilty as the FBI offices in question.

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