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January 07, 2006

Unbelievable

The news that anybody in the world can obtain a record of our phone calls simply by going to a webiste and forking over a little dough is both astounding and outrageous.
The Chicago Sun-Times broke broke the story. (AP follow-up) (D/A follow-up)

About the only more egregious invasion of privacy would be making our medical records available to all comers. Whoever's responsible ought to be given a couple of hundred years in prison to contemplate the evil of their ways.

Posted by jcb at January 7, 2006 11:15 PM

Comments

Hope the open source of this data gets smashed to bits, post-haste.

Posted by: Jimi Velocity at January 9, 2006 11:24 AM

Well, thank the stars that it's just some capitalists violating our privacy and not the government in search of terrorist information.

I can't believe anyone really thinks we have privacy in this country. If you have a phone, a computer, a credit card, a bank account, etc. someone is spying on you. Who didn't know this?

Posted by: paladin at January 9, 2006 02:25 PM

What’s next people will be selling our E-mail addresses and the like.

Posted by: just askin at January 9, 2006 07:49 PM

There are already thousand of companies selling e-mail addresses. How do you think spammers exist?

And call me silly, but I wouldn't be quite as concerned if someone got my e-mail address as if they could get my phone records simply by paying for them.

That said, this subject and the crazy comments on local blogs brings to mind this story of how a law was slipped past as part of a larger bill which makes it illegal to "annoy" someone through e-mail or online communications.

http://news.com.com/Create+an+e-annoyance%2C+go+to+jail/2010-1028_3-6022491.html?tag=sas.email

Might be of interest to John and others. Stupid comments annoy you? Send them to jail. ha!

Kidding aside, both the selling of private phone records (and I've even heard that state driver's license information is being sold as well) and this ill-conceived law are outrageous and one hopes that they're both ammended and fixed quickly.

Posted by: TID at January 11, 2006 12:03 PM

Dope, I'd seen the column you link to above. The "annoy" law is clearly unconstitutional, probably even in the context of the bill (protecting women from violence).

It wouldn't have a chance of passing muster if someone attempted to apply it to "political" speech, which most all the speech, annoying and otherwise, is on blogs like this and your's.

Incidentally, this followup to the column you link to is probabaly necessary for most people who go looking the "annoy" provision.

Posted by: jcb at January 11, 2006 01:14 PM