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Cell Phone Surveillance: Some Cell Phones Record Your Location Hundreds Of Times A Day

Do you own a cell phone?  Do you think that it is private and secure?  You might want to think again.  The truth is that there is virtually no privacy when it comes to cell phones.  In fact, the amount of cell phone surveillance that goes on is absolutely staggering.  For example, one German politician named Malte Spitz recently went to court to force Deutsche Telekom to reveal how often his cell phone was being tracked.  What he found out was absolutely amazing.  It turns out that in just one 6 month period, Deutsche Telekom recorded the longitude and latitude coordinates of his cell phone 35,000 times.  Not only that, in the United States cell phone companies are actually required by law to be able to pinpoint the locations of their customers to within 100 meters.  Most cell phone carriers are able to track their customers far more accurately than that.  The truth is that your location will never again be truly “private” as long as you are carrying a cell phone.

And your conversations will not be private either.  A whole host of people could be listening in on your cell phone calls.  In fact, your cell phone can be used to spy on you even when you don’t have it on.  For example, as one CNET News article noted, if law enforcement authorities are investigating you they can remotely activate the microphone on your cell phone and listen in on your conversations….

The FBI appears to have begun using a novel form of electronic surveillance in criminal investigations: remotely activating a mobile phone’s microphone and using it to eavesdrop on nearby conversations.

The technique is called a “roving bug,” and was approved by top U.S. Department of Justice officials for use against members of a New York organized crime family who were wary of conventional surveillance techniques such as tailing a suspect or wiretapping him.

Not only that, but all phone calls (whether made with a cell phone or not) are monitored by the U.S. government in the name of national security.  For years this was kind of an open secret, but now even mainstream news outlets such as USA Today have reported on the NSA’s goal “to create a database of every call ever made”….

The National Security Agency has been secretly collecting the phone call records of tens of millions of Americans, using data provided by AT&T, Verizon and BellSouth, people with direct knowledge of the arrangement told USA TODAY.

However, perhaps even more frightening is the rapidly rising number of stalkers and criminals that are exploiting the advanced capabilities of cell phone surveillance software.

If a stalker or a criminal is able to get spy software on to your cell phone, that person will be able to listen to all of your calls, read all of your text messages and track your movements 24 hours a day and you might not ever find out.

In addition, there is even cell phone spy software out there that will allow someone to use your cell phone microphone to listen to what is going on around you even when your cell phone is turned off.

Do you doubt any of this?  Just check out the mind blowing video news report posted below.  If you have never seen this before, it will absolutely blow your mind….

Are you frightened yet?

Kevin Bankston, a lawyer with the Electronic Frontier Foundation, recently told The New York Times that it has basically gotten to the point where “you have to hand over your personal privacy to be part of the 21st century”.

Sadly, part of the reason why cell phones can track us so well is because the U.S. government requires it.

The FCC’s E911 initiative actually mandates that all cell phone companies must be able to pinpoint the locations of all of their customers to within 100 meters.

The rationale for this requirement is so that emergency responders will be able to find you if something happens.

But this is just another example of how all of our privacy is being systematically stripped away in the name of security.

Today most Americans seem to have bought into the notion that life is better and more secure when the U.S. government tracks, traces and watches virtually everything that we do.

The following are just a few examples of how we are giving up privacy in the name of security….

*If you want to get on an airplane in America today, you must either go through one of the incredibly intrusive full body scanners that are going into all U.S. airports and let airport security goons gawk at your exposed body, or you must allow airport security goons to feel you up using the new “enhanced pat down” techniques they are being instructed to employ.

*The Obama administration is developing a “universal Internet ID” program that would watch, track, monitor and potentially control all of your activity on the Internet.

*Thanks to the Patriot Act, if you are identified as a “terrorist”, you suddenly lose all of your constitutional rights.  We are told that detaining American citizens indefinitely and subjecting them to “enhanced interrogation” techniques will keep us all safer.

But is this really how we all want to live?

Does anyone actually really believe that if the government watches and tracks everything that our neighbors do that we will be safer and that our lives will be better?

Our founding fathers greatly prized freedom, liberty and privacy, but today most of the population seems to be paralyzed by fear.

The media pounds it into our heads over and over and over that we are supposed to be afraid, so most of us are.  In fact, many Americans are far more likely to report their neighbors to the authorities than to actually go over and have a real conversation with them.

When George Orwell’s “1984” was written, most people believed that nothing like that could ever happen to the United States of America.

Well, it is happening to us.  Every single day our nation moves a little bit more in the direction of becoming a Big Brother police state control grid.

So what do all of you think about these issues?  Please feel free to leave a comment with your thoughts below….

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  • SmokyMtnlady

    Unbelievable!! Well, when the universal internet I.D. goes into effect…I’m outta here!! I can’t control some of the other things mentioned…but I can control THAT!!!

  • http://www.grandmasdepressionmemories.com/ Leigh Kimmel

    Way back in the early 80’s I wrote about a future in which a group of well-meant laws that sounded good on paper but were subsequently twisted in application to turn the US into a tyrannical dictatorship. As we’re entering the period I set for it, my writing is looking eerily prophetic.

    The E911 law is a perfect example of just this process. It was meant to make sure that if you were injured and disoriented and couldn’t tell your location to the 911 dispatcher, first responders would still be able to find you. Before that, there’d been some bad situations in which stroke victims had died because their stroke had robbed them of the power of speech, so while they could dial 911, they could only make garbled sounds, leaving the dispatcher at a loss as to where to send help. Nobody wants it to be their grandfather/grandmother/father/mother/etc. lying there desperately trying to get help but unable to communicate their location to the 911 dispatcher, hence E911 with auto-location — except that as it was extended to mobile phones, there was no way to make sure that the technology was used only for its intended purpose of getting emergency services to cellphone users who needed them, and is now becoming a way to do general surveillance on people, whether by the government or by sub-national entities like crime families or employers with control issues.

  • Mike

    From personal experience I know that the same thing is true about iPods, or at least the iPod touch. I would be willing to bet that almost all new electronic devices, including TV’s, iPads, iPods, and definitely anything with the word “smart” in front of it, have this tracking technology in them.

    You thought nobody was watching you, but they are and they know everything.

  • gardener1

    Meh.

    I don’t have a cell phone. Nor an ipod. Once I leave home I am without electronic do dads, free as a bird. And I like to pay cash when I buy things.

    I refuse to fly anymore.

    Although it is nearly impossible to be completely free of surveillance, it is certainly possible to minimize intrusion.

    It’s all about the choices you make.

  • mondobeyondo

    It’s getting harder and harder to be a hermit these days.

    [tongue in cheek]

  • A.S.

    Start following G-d’s laws. This is the only way to protect yourself.

    Do not believe in anything the government tells you, even the almighty (not to be compared to the ALMIGHTY G-D) U.S. government. Be skeptical of what you hear on the news.

    Go out of your way to help your neighbor, friend, colleague when they are in trouble. Focus on things that really matter such as family, love, friendship, instead of chasing material wealth.

    It is our greed that got us into a situation of having no freedoms or liberties. The founding fathers must be turning in their graves over what the blessed nation they gave us has turned into. A very saddened Goodbye to the greatest and most successful experiment the world has ever seen (the U.S.A.).

  • UNCLETOM

    well, I must say the new ANDROID SAMSUNG CAPTIVA CELL PHONE I GOT FREE FROM AT@T IS AWESOME…BUT…..WHEN I TURN OFF GPS AND TURN OFF GOOGLE SERVICES FRAMEWORK(CANT REMOVE PROGRAM) I NOTE THAT I AM STILL TRACKED. MAYBE IF I ROOT THE PROCESSOR AND CHANGE THE ROM? OR JUST REMOVE THE BATTERY WHEN THE NEED ARISES.EVERY TIME I CONNECT TO WIFI IT REPORTS THE I.P. ADDRESS OVER THE DIGITAL NETWORK(3G)

    • http://identitylockusa.com Condor6

      Get a cell phone blocking bag from condorhw on e bay. Will completly kill that cell phone. Your e mail and voice mail is saved on your providers servers.

  • pogue

    How is this news? If you’re not already aware of cell phones and what a security risk they are, you’re not paying enough attention.
    I hate cell phones.

    Ignoring the obvious health risks of having a high-powered transmitter next to your brain for what can be hours in some cases, cell phones make you too easy to contact. While they are intended to make it easy to stay in touch, I don’t like being so easy to find.

    I also don’t like the assumption that I need to be ready to drop whatever I’m doing to answer a phone call. They were intended to make my life easier, not for me to be ever-ready to jump at their beck and call. I’ve seen enough people nearly kill themselves behind the wheel while trying to answer the phone. Cell phones make your life easier, but they also make it easier to collect information on you.

    Cell phones operate by constantly checking in with the cell network around you to insure that you can transmit and receive calls at all times. Unless you remove the battery or use an effective Faraday device, you have to assume your phone will beacon every couple minutes.

    You can’t avoid being tracked with a cell phone, since it has to be in contact with the network to work. Tracking cell phones became popular as a way to help people in emergencies. Call for help and the network can easily see where you’re located. Then again, all the apps on the phones now mean your phone can serve as a GPS, identifying your location down to +/- 10 feet.

    If you have a cell phone, you have a convenient listening device for any criminal/police/government agency to use against you. (I used to pick up the old analog cell phones in the clear without even trying on my world receiver radio.) Thanks to the high-quality nature of the speakers and microphones, your phone can collect room audio for anyone who cares to listen. (By the way, I don’t know if people realize this, but any speaker can be used as a microphone.) With the inadequate or nonexistent security measures on phones, especially smart phones, it isn’t hard to gain access.

    You don’t even need to touch the phone to hack it. Smart phones are essentially poorly-secured computers. Hackers are constantly finding new vulnerabilities in smart phones, while governments have fundamental requirements for access and control over phones that permit them great leeway in spying on users. No phone company is going to protect your privacy from the government, especially since the government regulates, taxes, and frequently invests in them.

    While the government closely regulates the phone companies, they also spy on all internet communications. Every provider has a box installed by the FBI that observes all traffic. We’ve gathered phone calls and other signals under Echelon since the Cold War. A few years ago, someone accidentally blundered into a secret NSA room located in an AT&T building where the Pacific internet/phone trunk line surfaces and enters the CONUS.

    You have to assume if you have a cell phone, you’re compromised already. Terrorists learned that the hard way in Iraq and Afghanistan. There, enemy fighters routinely remove the SIM cards from their phones and destroy them. They also change phones on a daily or weekly basis. In the USA, terrorists and criminals buy tracphones. The recent development of phones with 2 or more SIM card slots makes things a little more interesting.

    Oh, and I have to point out, you can’t trust the folks who are permitted to listen in. I once knew a guy who was in the military in a location known for training the military’s signals intelligence guys. His phone was ghosted and numerous calls were made on his account. He was firmly convinced it was the soldiers in that program who were responsible.

    Another issue you have to deal with is the limited services of the cell networks in your location. American cell networks are limited in scope and fail to cover the entire nation while European networks aren’t as limited in service and coverage.

    I think the coolest phones are the satellite phones, such as the Iridium, which permit service world-wide. While an entire cell network could go down, such as in a Japanese earthquake, the Iridium would continue to get signal. I wouldn’t mind having an Iridium for emergencies, but I can’t justify the incredible expense of owning one. I’ve read FEMA passes them out like candy when we have an emergency, i.e. Katrina.

    I hate cell phones, but I recognize their value from time to time, especially if I’m on the road and I need to contact a loved one or a tow truck, so I have a tracphone. I never use it and rarely check it and almost never charge it. Actually, for pure emergency purposes, you don’t even need the prepaid minutes, since cell phones are now set up to permit emergency 911 calls, regardless of calling minutes.

    If you hope to have any privacy with a cell phone present, take out the battery and put the phone in a Faraday bag, which blocks electromagnetic energy. Also, never store personal information on a phone. You may be identifiable by your user info, but there’s no reason to keep addresses and #s in your phone for a hacker or spy to use against you. There’s also no reason to record videos or pictures of your misdeeds for someone else to use against you. (Frankly, it’s amazing how many idiots let people record them doing things they for which they can get arrested or prosecuted.) Interestingly, there are phone cards out there now that actually spoof caller ID, permitting you to appear to be calling from a completely different #.

    I want to get a jammer. I hate being in public and having to listen to a bunch of self-important idiots on their phones. I don’t know if people realize how stupid they sound on the phone in public, sharing their deepest secrets and personal information for all the world to hear. It’s strange to hear only half the conversation, especially when the user has one of those bluetooth headsets. Aside from looking like one of the Borg, the first time a guy walked down the street past me, babbling to himself, I was sure he was a complete whacko. I would love to have a jammer, especially in the movies or the grocery store checkout line.

  • Piglet

    It’s not just airports where you get irradiated or felt up. The TSA is expanding to passenger trains. See

    http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article27569.htm

    Caption: “The only bad thing on our trip was TSA was at the Savannah train station. There were about 14 agents pulling people inside the building and corralling everyone in a roped area AFTER you got OFF THE TRAIN! This made no sense!!! Poor family in front of us! 9 year old getting patted down and wanded. They groped our people too and were very unprofessional.”

    Supposedly Amtrak didn’t approve of what the TSA did, but since the TSA blows off Congress, you can expect them to blow off Amtrak, too. Too many sheeple actually approve of this idiocy and bleat, “If it makes us more secure, I’m all for it!” This doesn’t make us more secure; instead, it gets us used to life in a police state embraced by so many of our dopey fellow citizens.

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  • Rick

    What are you all whining about? You voted for Bush, you got what you deserved!

  • pogue

    Yeah, because it was all Bush’s fault. Cell phones, hell, telephones in general, and violations of privacy never existed til’ Bush was in office. He probably went back in time to found Echelon. I bet he even went back in time to plan Waco, initiate the Watergate break-ins, and put flouride in our water supply. That’s OK, keep beating the I Hate Bush drum and keep repeating “4 more years” to yourself. Everything will turn out fine in the end.

  • Steve

    This pretty much sums up why I haven’t owned a cell phone for almost 10 years now. I will refer people to this article when they can’t understand why I refuse to own a cell phone.

  • deja vu anyone

    SSomething SSeems to be familiar about thiSS

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    Any U.S. Cell Numbers are traceable online now!!!

  • pennine

    Hiya,
    Thank You for your great website!!!!
    i live in the uk. Can anyone please tell me why every time ( about 98xs out of 100) i send or receive a cell phone text, there’s a light aircraft made its way over my roof top? i think this must be a police plane. Its often appeared also whenever i step out of my front yard gate.I can never travel with my cellphone intact, i’ve learnt for myself its a tracking device. So i’m pleased to find a site like this, which shows these things are really happening. I can’t understand their obsession with me though, as i haven’t done any criminal deed to warrant such surveilance.The only thing i can think of is because of visiting websites that may have t-p-t-b (the powers that be)thinking im a subversive & political activist ( i.e: merely a truthseeker)Or that i am just being used as target practice.
    Lastly whenever i switch my cell phone on, the first thing that comes on is called “Aircraft Check.” Does anyone know what this means? There’s no way of out of clicking this, as i’ve to click ok to it for the phone to load up, if i don’t it just cuts off. Then i’ve to switch it back on again and go through the ok click for this “aircraft check.” Take Care everyone, these are dangerous days indeed. Kindest & God bless from pennine. UK

  • shawn

    1. none of you know anything you are talking about.
    2. they don’t record your location…some record the towers you used
    3. duh

  • William Sr

    Two years and zero comments. I am AMAZED…

  • NotAfraid

    Isaiah 8:13
    “It is the Lord of hosts whom you should regard as holy. And He shall be your fear, And He shall be your dread.”
    1984 is coming, it is just a few years late. The only way to reverse this is to go back to 1984.

  • abhay

    Well .. It is very true that cellphone microphone can be easily activated without carrier’s involvement, so is pinpointing location of a cellphone.. Unfortunately, people with contacts with “so called” law enforcement agencies get easy access to the technology and they misuse it liberally!