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Tuesday, October 04, 2022

Big Brother watching? Government agencies buying cell phone, internet data to track Americans

In a little noted trend, law enforcement agencies at every level of government are increasingly buying data from private, third-party data brokers on Americans' phone and internet activities in order to track them, often without a warrant.

While proponents say this practice provides critical help for investigations, critics argue it poses a serious violation of civil liberties that needs to be addressed through legislation.

One of the latest revelations about this controversial public-private partnership came from the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to "defending civil liberties in the digital world."

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I can just see the Feds getting into my phone: "What do you mean he hasn't made a call in 13 months? And he's never sent a single text?"
Or even better, "According to the tracking data from his phone, he hasn't left the house or moved from his chair in 26 days."

I remember when me and Lisa was over at Woody's a year or so ago visiting with him and his wife. The four of us are all sitting around the table and my Walmart truck phone starting ringing in my pocket. Woody asked, "Aren't you going to check to see who it is?" and I told him no, there was no need because everybody that has my number is sitting right here at the table.

15 comments:

  1. I tossed the damn cell phone after moving up in the hills. and I have yet to miss it or want one.
    the looks I get from doctor's offices and the like is funny. what do you mean you don't have a cell phone ? going on 5 years now, and I still don't want another one.

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    1. I've got my truck flip phone but I tell anybody that asks that I don't have one. They've got my home phone, that's all they need.

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  2. my flip phone is only on when I need it.

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  3. same here, i have one in case i get hurt bad at the house. but other than that i don't use it. i don't like em, i don't use them and like you, as far as they know, i never leave my kitchen table. if someone wants to talk to me or visa versa, we can go to each others house and visit.
    that's how it's always been. that's how it's suppose to be.
    sittin on the porch.

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    1. My flip phone is my truck phone in case I need a tow.

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  4. I can vouch for that. My old office was getting such data from another agency. Because the gubmint didn't collect it themselves, it doesn't qualify as spying on Americans. I call shenanigans on that!

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  5. Just to fuck with Google, I get on busses, tape my cell phone to the bottom of a seat and get it another day....lol

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  6. Legislation isn't going to change anything. They will do what they please, as has been demonstrated time and time again. Any legislative action is only feel-good bullshit.
    Ed

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  7. The quickest way to get a hold of me is to send an e-mail.  That way, you can identify yourself and state the reason I might feel the need to get back to you.  My getting back to you is not a given.  If I don't recognize your number on the land-line, I guarantee I will not answer it.  My cell phone is for emergency use or checking in with family when I am traveling.

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  8. I have one sitting over there on the charger, I think.
    It's a tracfone and one of these days I'll just stop renewing it.

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    1. Mine's through Straight Talk. I have to refill mine within 30 days of my monthly minutes expiring, so I refill it about every 45-50 days.

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  9. I had to get one to comply with 2 Factor Authentication- where they send a 6 digit number when logging in to verify your account. I still don't tell anybody I have one and like the others, get weird looks. I use Twigby and have a voice + text plan for $14 a month and keep a very limited list of contacts.

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  10. My wife had a flip phone once. It was used so seldom, we figured she was paying 110 bucks a phone call. That went away pretty quick.
    sam

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