Surprise! The NSA is, has been, and will continue, accessing telephone numbers of your known associates and classifying users as terrorists until you’re no longer guilty. I’m not very surprised that a secret court, authorized a secret government agency, to secretly surveille the personal records of its citizens. I’m just shocked that the order doesn’t cover a broader spectrum of “need.”
Readers of this site shouldn’t be surprised either. I’ve discussed why having a smartphone is a bad idea. Privacy, at least in all things not delivered via Pony Express, is dead. As one comment on The Verge suggests, we’re probably giving away more information on Google+, Facebook, and Twitter, than Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile, or any other mobile carrier is. Don’t be too shocked when you see the secret order directing social media sites to turn over their stuff. At least Google’s forthcoming about government requests.
If you’re interested in the broadness of the smartphone privacy lapse, Lawyers.com published this great infographic from Lookout highlighting the decline of privacy.
Consider these facts the next time you’re up in arms about privacy invasion.