Is your government tracking phone calls? There is an urban myth that the no-cost cell phone program is a cover for the government to monitor the calls of beneficiaries of the Lifeline program. Have you ever heard this?
The “free government cell phone” program which began in 1985, under President Ronald Reagan, to help poor rural families have access to cheap phone service.
With the use of these phones, it will be easier for them to find good jobs, and they can easily get assistance in case of emergencies. Believe it or not everyone did not have a phone. You may remember neighbors coming by your home to use the phone when you were a kid.
Mobile Phones Susceptible to Monitoring
If you have a cell phone, you should know it is subject to being tracked and hacked! We read every year how someone’s phone has been compromised, and personal information such as nude pictures had been posted online. This can happen to you!
Cell phone privacy, can be a problem, whether you are doing something suspicious or not. While it is true that cell technology is truly convenient, even the use of government phones may be vulnerable. Is the government tracking your cell phones? The very fact that every cell phone has a tracking mechanism is unsettling.
If the locating system is activated, anyone can track your movements, and know where you are and what you are doing. With law enforcement increasingly requesting phone records, it should give us pause, but most people don’t give it a lot of thought. With the 2014 ruling, by the Federal Appeals Court states, the police now need a warrant, before having access to you personal cell phone information.
The average person rarely may not understand that free phones, even the government phones, utilize GPS applications, calendar functions, and even unencrypted e-mail messaging. These software elements happen to be some of the easiest for hackers to break into, and even simpler for government agencies to monitor.
The idea of having your private phone accessed or monitored, is something we should worry about, even when using these free government phones. Some who may qualify for free phones, don’t trust them.
There are those individuals who go as far as to claim that free cell phones from government organizations almost deliberately intend to act as tracking devices.
Now, there are over 15 million Americans government phones. Since the mobile phones are free, it is certainly understandable that some would be suspicious of the government’s true motives.
This caption for CNet says: “National Security Agency discloses in secret Capitol Hill briefing that thousands of analysts can listen to domestic phone calls.” In light of this information, you can’t help but wonder, what is really going on?
Why are the Government Tracking Phone Calls?
The US Department of Defense, claims the government has been using phone surveillance methods, that have kept America safe, by stopping at least 50 terrorist attacks, since the September 11th. The government has the legal authority, according to the Patriot Act, to do these use these monitoring acts.
The main aim of the government in giving free cell phones is not to keep an eye on the poor. But, then again, you never know, do you? With law enforcement increasingly requesting phone records, it should give us pause, but most people don’t give it a lot of thought.
NSA Program Unconstitutional
The Washington Post disclosed, “the existence of a top-secret NSA program called NUCLEON, which “intercepts telephone calls and routes the spoken words” to a database. Though top Obama officials refused to divulge all the details, this is room for concern. NSA actually has “listening posts” where calls are reviewed, and data is collected.” NSA Phone Program Likely Unconstitutional, Federal Judge Rules.
A federal judge ruled Monday that the National Security Agency’s phone record surveillance program is likely unconstitutional. U.S. District Court Judge Richard Leon said that the agency’s controversial program, first revealed by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden earlier this year, appears to (Read More). With the 2014 ruling, by the Federal Appeals Court states, the police now need a warrant before having access to you personal cell phone information.
Track or Hack
If you have a cell phone, it has a GPS application. Even encrypted email. These applications are very easy to hack into. Government phones have the same vulnerabilities. You should never take your phone privacy for granted. Have no expectation of privacy and take all precautions to protect it.
Some disadvantaged individuals believe the government is giving away free cell phones, to spy on the people. This is absolutely false. However, any phone can be hacked. More than 15 million people in the U.S. using government phones, and many do not trust the government. Those are the ones who probably prefer not to use a government phone.