motorola-x-phone-01Susanne Posel
Occupy Corporatism
August 18, 2013

Motorola Mobility, owned by Google, have announced their new phone, Moto X that is a pioneer in surveillance technology.

Without draining the cell phone battery, Moto X can listen to everything within its vicinity.

Cell phones that monitor auditory environments can also discern between the phone owner’s voice and what room the phone is in by utilizing ambient noise analysis.

The software can decipher the mood of those speaking, access when to disturb the owner and record all conversations in the near future.

Pattie Maes, professor for the Media Lab at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) explained : “Devices of the future will be increasingly aware of the user’s current context, goals, and needs, will become proactive—taking initiative to present relevant information. Their use will become more integrated in our daily behaviors, becoming almost an extension of ourselves. The Moto X is definitely a step in that direction.”

Carrier IQ has been installed in many cell phones which would mean that cell phone owners (CPOs) are transmitting user location, web searches and text messages that can be intercepted by any hacker or government agency.

Senator Al Franken pointed out that Carrier IQ violates the 4th Amendment and federal wiretap statues.

Google’s Android OS is vulnerable to such manipulation ; even to the extent of having all customer conversations recorded by the FBI or other surveillance agencies.

With Android being the most popular cell phone, the focus of attention by the FBI for surveillance operations is quite impressive.

This leaves millions and millions of Americans at the mercy of agencies that seek to illegally spy on them.

The Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) is inserting spyware into cell phones through links and email attachments to circumvent wiretapping court orders.

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Massachusetts Supreme Court Says Wiretap Statute Applies To Cell Phones

 

 

Wiretap Scars

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court held that the state’s wiretap statute allows for monitoring of cellular phone calls and text messages, despite not mentioning either in the text of the statute. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

The Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts recently ruled that a judge possesses the authority under the Massachusetts wiretap statute to issue warrants permitting the interception of cell phone calls and text messages, despite the fact that both forms of communication are not mentioned in the Massachusetts wiretap statute.

 

The defendant, Cory Moody and another defendant David Newman were separately indicted for violations of the Controlled Substances Act.  They were allegedly involved in an organized drug trafficking ring.  During the investigation, law enforcement procured warrants under the Massachusetts wiretap statute authorizing the interception of calls and text messages sent over the defendant’s cell phones. The defendants sought to suppress the evidence derived from the wiretaps on the grounds that the state wiretap statute, which was written before cell phones were invented, makes no mention of cell phones or text messages.  The National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers filed an amicus brief in the case arguing “cellular phone communications and text messages are not ‘wire communications’” under the statute, and even if they are “Massachusetts state courts have no authority to issue wiretap warrants for such communications because the legislature did not update the statute as mandated by Congress.”

 

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