Is your mobile phone spied ?(2)(continuation of the introduction)
July 24, 2015 3:11am CST
Yes, it is not a good idea to make use of a cordless phone if you want some privacy. But, is your landline really safe and nobody listening to your calls ? In theory in my country, only a judge or (for a few cases) a public servant working for the Prime Minister can authorize the phone-tapping of your landline. You can think that because you are not a criminal and you are not aware of any official secret, nobody is listening. It would be an error because... err is human. The main problem is homonymy. I have a friend who needed three weeks, and a lot of emails, fax messaging and phone calls to convince PayPal (they had blocked his account) that he was a French public servant and not a Mexican drug-dealer having the same first and last names than him. Last January, I was at the premiere of "L'Enquête" ("The Inquiry"), a movie about a case of money laundering in Luxemburg at the beginning of this century, followed by a conference by Denis Robert, the investigative reporter who inspired this movie. When you attack the global finance, you are at risk, and Robert was sued 60 times in several countries for his articles and books !! One can imagine that he had a few tape recorders on his landline, official and perhaps less official... He discovered the transcripts of the phone-tapping during his trials and was a bit amazed : at the beginning, the French police transcribed the phone calls of a homonym, a lawnmower seller ! Then, after two months, they realized that "grass" was not meaning dollars, and "lawnmower" money laundering, and that they were not listening to the good guy. Sherlock Holmes was not French... but the transcription of the phone calls of the lawnmower seller are now in a court file, and will be available for the public in a century. This can happen to anybody. Indeed, they finally found the landline of the journalist. A few months later he had a phone breakdown because... there was too many tape recorders connected ! It was time to switch to a mobile and the end of this introduction (to be continued).
• Bhubaneswar, India
24 Jul 15
But, is your landline really safe and nobody listening to your calls ? Personally, I have always felt that they are definitely taping out all of mine and millions of others. Maybe I should stop watching those Hollywood Movies
• Delhi, India
24 Jul 15
Interesting post. I think we could never come to know whether our phones with mobile or land line phones are being tapped. If we are not indulging in any illegal activity, then there is no need to worry, I feel. Those who are into unlawful activities should worry.
24 Jul 15
Thank you ! This journalist was working on a sensible subject but was not involved in any criminal activity. It is because he was sued by several companies involved in money laundering that he has been tapped. They were asking millions for damages to make him stop his investigations. And for the seller, it was a complete error : you don't chose your name and it can be a source of troubles if a criminal wear the same name. Long ago, when France was a kingdom, every person having the same name than a regicide had to change. It was probably a good thing. Lol, I am far from my subject. Tomorrow, I will really start to speak of mobile phones.