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The Telecom Digest for Sun, 20 Nov 2016
Volume 35 : Issue 174 : "text" format

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Re: A 10-Digit Key Code to Your Private Life: Your Cellphone NumberHAncock4
iPhones Secretly Send Call History to Apple, Security Firm SaysMonty Solomon
Re: FTC Do-Not-Call web page redesignedArnie Goetchius
National Security Agency Said to Use Manhattan Tower as Listening PostMonty Solomon
---------------------------------------------------------------------- Message-ID: <52628a6f-9330-433c-8cdc-3b596918b385@googlegroups.com> Date: Fri, 18 Nov 2016 11:40:43 -0800 (PST) From: HAncock4 <withheld@invalid.telecom-digest.org> Subject: Re: A 10-Digit Key Code to Your Private Life: Your Cellphone Number On Monday, November 14, 2016 at 9:48:32 PM UTC-5, tlvp wrote: > I find it hard to believe that numbers that come and go as you buy and toss > burner phones, or take out and let lapse MVNO activations, can be deemed > such a valuable "link to private info ..." :-) . It is valuable info. Many businesses today key their customer code by telephone number, and with many people having only a cell phone (or rarely using their existing landline), the cell phone number is the one that is given out. Businesses routinely share customer basic data, such as name, address, and telephone number. Modern cell phones are now used for far more than mere voice calls. We all know that modern electronic devices are easily hacked and that malware is widespread. Even basic cell phones will quietly yield private information unless the user explicitly sets the phone not to do so. Sadly, with the recent election built on a deregulation platform, I see personal privacy further eroding and corporations free to monitor whatever they want. I also expect little enforcement against malware efforts. Recall years ago Proctor & Gamble, angry at newspaper reports, demanded that Cincinnati Bell provide them home records of P&G employees to search out leakers. This was a gross invasion of privacy. I dare say today that would be seen as a legitimate business security effort. ------------------------------ Message-ID: <214476E4-A1A0-4167-A922-EB809E1EE0FD@roscom.com> Date: Fri, 18 Nov 2016 09:36:49 -0500 From: Monty Solomon <monty@roscom.com> Subject: iPhones Secretly Send Call History to Apple, Security Firm Says iPhones Secretly Send Call History to Apple, Security Firm Says By Kim Zetter APPLE EMERGED AS a guardian of user privacy this year after fighting FBI demands to help crack into [alleged] San Bernardino shooter Syed Rizwan Farook's iPhone. The company has gone to great lengths to secure customer data in recent years, by implementing better encryption for all phones and refusing to undermine that encryption. But private information still escapes from Apple products under some circumstances. The latest involves the company's online syncing service iCloud. https://theintercept.com/2016/11/17/iphones-secretly-send-call-history-to-apple-security-firm-says/ ------------------------------ Message-ID: <o0ocs1$oa9$1@dont-email.me> Date: Fri, 18 Nov 2016 21:20:17 -0500 From: Arnie Goetchius <arnie.goetchius@invalid.domain> Subject: Re: FTC Do-Not-Call web page redesigned Bob Prohaska wrote: > Pete Cresswell <PeteCress@invalid.telecom-digest.org> wrote: >> >> Now I'm torn between spending the big bucks on CallerID/Simultaneous >> Ring/NoMoRobo and moving my incoming calls to the VOIP service I already >> use for outgoing and implementing Challenge/Response ... >> [Moderator snip] > > This seems a little overthought. What's wrong with using an answering > machine to pick up the line, recite the number reached and invite the > caller to leave a message? If somebody hears a recognized caller, they > can always pick up. One does have to delete the recordings, but that's > relatively easy, as very few robocalls actually leave a message. > > bob prohaska I have a neighbor who does that, and I consider it to be rude behaviour on his part. If I call him, I have to keep yelling "Hey Lou, pick up the phone!" It puts all of the work on me, but if /he/ calls /me/, I always pick up right away. He never hears my answering machine unless I'm not home. ------------------------------ Message-ID: <3E8C19A1-E462-4BAD-96FF-9674E48B2276@roscom.com> Date: Thu, 17 Nov 2016 22:27:06 -0500 From: Monty Solomon <monty@roscom.com> Subject: National Security Agency Said to Use Manhattan Tower as Listening Post An article and a documentary film, drawing on material provided by Edward Snowden, say the federal agency conducts surveillance from an AT&T building. On any person who desires such queer prizes, New York will bestow the gift of loneliness and the gift of privacy. - E.B. White, "Here Is New York," 1949 >From a sidewalk in Lower Manhattan, the building at 33 Thomas Street, known as the Long Lines Building, looks like nothing less than a monument to the prize of privacy. With not a window in its walls from the ground up to its height of 550 feet, 33 Thomas looms over Church Street with an architectural blank face. Nothing about it resembles a place of human habitation, and in fact it was built for machines: An AT&T subsidiary commissioned the tower to house long-distance phone lines. Completed in 1974, it was fortified to withstand a nuclear attack on New York, and the architect made plans to include enough food, water and generator fuel to sustain 1,500 people for two weeks during a catastrophic loss of power to the city. http://www.nytimes.com/2016/11/18/nyregion/national-security-agency-said-to-use-manhattan-tower-as-listening-post.html ------------------------------ ********************************************* End of telecom Digest Sun, 20 Nov 2016

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