FBI Can Use Your Mobile Phone Mic To Spy On You
from the that's-a-change dept
Almost exactly three years ago, a judge ruled that the FBI could not spy on people using the microphones installed in their cars in telematics systems such as OnStar. However, it appears that another judge feels so differently about that type of surveillance, that the FBI can now go much, much further. Declan McCullough has a writeup describing how a judge has ruled it legal for the FBI to use mobile phones as “roving bugs.” While the ruling doesn’t make it clear exactly what this means, apparently, many believe that the FBI can make use of the microphones within mobile phones to remotely spy on anyone with (or near) a mobile phone. Whether or not that’s actually the case, it certainly sounds like this particular judge finds it perfectly legal. If that actually works, it certainly opens up a huge can of worms about your privacy in the presence of a mobile phone — which for many of us is just about all the time these days. Perhaps the FBI won’t be so worried about getting phone tapping access to things like VoIP programs when it can just tune into anyone it wants to via their mobile phones. While the FBI obviously needs to get a warrant to first approve such a tap, it certainly seems like the ease of such a solution will be quite a temptation for misuse. In the meantime, how long until we hear about someone hacking their way in to let them do this outside of the FBI?