Big brother: get off my phone

June 26, 2013 Editorials Print Print
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The new cell phone security breach is what everyone seems to be talking about. If you are one of the few people who has not heard, the National Security Agency decided to collect people’s phone records — Verizon’s customers in particular — for reasons of national security, according to the man who leaked the documents that brought this to light.

The phone records do not include what was said nor do they include text message information. They do include what number you called, what time, and for how long.

The reasoning behind this is the NSA believed they could catch more terrorists this way.

The problem is that it was everyone’s phone records, not just a handful of people who were suspects.

To me, this is a step further toward the government having too much control. I just don’t feel comfortable talking on the phone knowing that the government has me on a list somewhere if I accidentally dial the wrong number. Another part of it that is bothersome is the fact that they actually wanted to keep it a secret.

The man who leaked the information is not on good terms with the government at this time and you can imagine why.

Secrets don’t make friends though, right? Why should anything I do with something I pay for be tampered with by the government. The answer is, because you agreed at birth or at the time you became an American Citizen to abide by the rules that are set in place for you by the nation — some that just happen to be made up as they go, it seems.

Most people don’t look at their cell phone contract when they sign it while purchasing a new phone. This may change soon for many. I know I will be reading the fine print next time.

Not only does this make the government look worse than they did to many people in this day and age but it makes them seem like a bully to a lot of people. No one will feel comfortable talking on their cell phones if this continues in the direction that it is headed.

Social media sites are similar in this and really have no way of being private compared to cell phones that have at least some privacy. Almost everyone has a computer of some sort, and everybody can see what you post on your social media account — including people you don’t know.

This privacy issue goes another way. If you have the freedom to do what you please, why shouldn’t the government have those same freedoms? And what if this really does help with the problem of terrorists?

It’s down to a matter of what you feel comfortable with. If you don’t feel comfortable having the government know who you call, and for how long, then I suggest you get rid of your phone. That is the only way you can completely evade the government looking into your phone records.

In my case, I think I will keep my phone. There will be a point though that I will say no more and get rid of it because there is a fine line between saving the nation from terrorists and being nosey. I personally don’t need the government on my back about what I ate for breakfast this morning.

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