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No Good Choices in Cell Phones

Cell phones have become ubiquitous tools that have transformed from near-useless single-use bricks to slim high-speed computers filled with information about their owners. Now they are once again a privacy rights battleground pitting law “enforcement” agencies against American citizens.

Apple and Google’s announcement that their phones will come with automatic encryption features met with vocal disdain from FBI Director James Comey, who claimed that cops won’t be able to do their jobs unless they have instant access to your selfies (and can occasionally text themselves your nudes).

We know already of the warrantless wiretaps that supposedly ended in 2007, but recent leaks show that the government has merely altered their methods for illegally tapping into your cell phone.

By employing Cessna aircrafts outfitted with fake cell towers, aka “Dirtboxes,” agencies around the country are able to capture every call you make and can actually infiltrate the data on your phone. Unsurprisingly, they justify their methods by stating it’s for our own protection. Sadly, no level of standard encryption will protect consumers from having their cell phones exploited in this way and there are no clear signs that you’re connected to a fake tower unless, of course, your call is dropped.

Considering how many strange calls I’ve received lately, don’t be surprised if you find me on my roof with a pair of binoculars.

 

-Bob

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JAMES COMEY’S NIGHTMARE

With recent revelations by Apple and Google that their new hardware will come with default encryption for e-mails and messages, FBI Director James Comey, proving that the government could really use a PR person, came out on Thursday screaming that it will be the downfall of society as we know it.

Citing the “Post-Snowden Pendulum” that has seen US citizens awake from their sleepwalking ways and come out in support of stronger privacy rights, Comey all but told the public that they have no right to safety or security and has promised to go to war with major tech companies who are simply fulfilling their consumers’ wishes for a sense of security.

Of course, it’s all a smokescreen as those same tech companies who promise their PROPRIETARY encryption software will be impenetrable, EVEN TO THE COMPANY ITSELF, continue to mine data in their ever expanding efforts to sell you to advertisers. In encrypting your selfies and sexts, the monoliths of Silicon Valley have brilliantly found a new customer base: the US government. Don’t be fooled, dear readers. The movement to default encryption does little to protect the consumer and only serves the interests of multinational corporations.

Meanwhile, as hacktivist group, Dramatis Personai, recently uncovered, questions surrounding the FBI’s top secret surveillance tactics, particularly as it relates to data privacy, have come under intense scrutiny by Congress.

Until humans evolve into telepaths, the only safe form of communication for those of us that prefer our solitude, is behind a wall of proxies and bots.