Friday, May 12, 2006

Freedom of Information Act

This little flap about recorded phone logs and calls has really taken off.

One side effect of such activity, that people need to consider is that once these calls are recorded, many will get leaked to the public. Especially if they are interesting and involve politicians, celebrities and captains of industry.

And doesn't the Freedom of Information Act cover such materials? After a period of time has passed and it's determined that a call has not National Security significance, then it must be made freely available to the public.

So if your calls are recorded, and it turns out you're not a terrorist, then the public has the right to get copies of your calls. Then they can be freely published on the internet and downloaded to iPods for hours of fun.


At 12:01 PM, Blogger Concerned said...

check your email please and reply.


At 8:23 AM, Anonymous donna said...

If that's the case, weas, then I look forward to seeing how people go insane trying to read through reams and reams of talking English--which doesn't read well at =all=, at all. Though it would be great to have more stuff like Pam Anderson and Tommy Lee: TL: "Oh, baby, I love you." PA: "Where =are= we?" The SO and I just randomly say these lines whenever, and burst out laughing.

At 12:23 PM, Blogger Weaseldog said...

I think that transcripts such as that imply a human being transcribing them.

Phone calls in our stateside networks are digital. They travel along the same cables and as internet traffic.

They could collect huge volumes of phone data as mp3 files, digitized and catalog, automatically. Then from the appropriate websites, an agent could identify a person, go to specific days and times and click a ling to hear the conversation.

This is all trivial to set up using technology the phone companies and the NSA already has.


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