Monday 23 January 2017

I had a phone conversation on a bus; within minutes it was up on Twitter

Published 14/02/2014 | 02:30

It has been alleged that German Chancellor Angela Merkel's phone was hacked by America's National Security Agency (NSA)
It has been alleged that German Chancellor Angela Merkel's phone was hacked by America's National Security Agency (NSA)
Edward Snowden

I GET to and from work on the bus. Even though I try to avoid it, sometimes I end up talking on the phone anyway. A couple of weeks ago, someone rang me about the whole RTE apology controversy and we had a chat about it. Later, a very garbled version of the conversation turned up on Twitter.

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Eavesdropping on people's conversations is nothing new but having the contents of a private conversation turn up a few minutes later on the internet, that is new. It's another sign of how privacy is being eroded bit by bit.

The GSOC controversy is a very different example of the same thing. Were they being tapped? Was their internet activity being monitored? Were their emails being read?

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