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driftingsmoke driftingsmoke 61-65, M 2 Answers Dec 31, 2011

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Allegedly Britain's Police & Intelligence services are planning a similar monitoring of everyone's telephone & internet traffic, supposedly to support security for some sports-day or other. The Olympics I gather it's called.... <br />
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Facebook et al are data-harvesters, but their main commercial clients are advertising-agencies, not security services. Among the technical developments mooted for such uses is one in which your phone's tracking and a radio in the shop could be used to send you automatic advertising texts when you happen to be near the shop. You could of course, switch the damn' thing off unless you are genuinely expecting a call!<br />
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I think the UK Police still need high-level permission to request telephone interception (the word "tap" is US slang over here), and all telephone & post messages, even private ones, are protected by the Official Secrets Act. I had to sign it when I became a Post Office Telephones (now BT) apprentice some 40 years ago, and again when I failed it & had to leave 2 years later. <br />
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There are ways you can help your self, beyond all the usual virus-protection, pop-up blocking etc.:<br />
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Do not leave your cell-phone ('mobile' in the UK - wrongly as it's actually 'portable') switched on until you need to use it or are genuinely expecting a call. Just interrogate it for messages every few hours, preferably somewhere unquestionable like your home or work where you could leave it on without "They" wondering about you - but do tell your friends & relatives of your policy. <br />
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I use this but my sisters tell me off for it!<br />
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Obviously it's switched off when you're driving - unless you have hands-free. I don't know about in USA but it is illegal to use a portable phone while driving in the UK, for road safety. <br />
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Do not use Wi-fi: it uses a radio transmitter after all! <br />
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Do not use the Internet for financial transactions unless absolutely necessary and you are certain of the company's web-site security.<br />
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No you aren't weird at all. You recognise the limits and risks so many other people deny or won't face up to.

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If you check you will find that homeland sec, and you're local police dept run cell phone check's all the time, in this little town the sharrif's dept has a suv set up to listion in on any one they choose . I personly watched this unit in action . Thank's to our'e guverment they no longer need a warrent to tap you're phone it's now under the home land sec, act . If you use certen watch word's you're call's WILL be flaged . Same with face book and tweeter . Also if you check you will find that you're cell phone has g.p.s. traking that also show's who own's the phone . you can down load the progam you're self for about 10.oo buck's and see where any cellphone whose number is put in is at . Also you're cell can be turned on and you can be lisentioned to with out you're knowlage . Althow it will show up in loss of min. Just because you're pairnoid does't meen that they are't out to get you .....He who gives up freedon for sec . desurve's nither.....

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