China Can Access Mobile Phone Data To Spy On People

from the but,-you-know,-only-for-good-reasons dept

Given China's mentality towards its citizens, it probably won't surprise many people to find out that the head of the country's biggest mobile phone operator gleefully acknowledges that it can spy on anyone's location and has no qualms about handing that info over to authorities. He also talks about how the company is considering using this data to better target advertisements. While the article paints this as somehow shocking, it's been widely assumed that this was true already. And, the idea, as expressed in the article, that it wouldn't or couldn't happen in the United States seems a bit naive as well. Given how telcos helped the US government spy on phone calls without warrants, it seems like it may already be happening here as well.
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Filed Under: china, civil rights, mobile phones, privacy, surveillance, us


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    confused_guy, 29 Jan 2008 @ 1:25pm

    difference

    It is amazing to see how big the difference is between the response of media and politicians on steve jobs and a chinese telecom CEO when they both said we know where you are through your cellphone.

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