3 Ways Your Phone Might Be Tracked by the Government

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3 Ways Your Phone Might Be Tracked by the Government

There’s a little device on you right now that could be giving away more information on you than you know. One that sits quietly in your pocket sending signals even when you aren’t actively using it. One that follows you literally everywhere, even into the washroom.

That’s right, it’s your phone. What could your phone possibly be up to even when you are not on it? And what are some of the ways that your phone might be tracked by your Government?

For many people, they might not be aware of these methods the Government could be monitoring you through your phone. Let’s take a look at some of these methods.

 

1) PHONE PINGS TO CELL TOWERS

Cell towers are necessary for making calls on your phone. But what you may not realise is that cell towers retain a log of phones that connect to them and their signal strengths. These towers also give you the capability of connecting to the internet.

Your position can be given away from the logs of a couple of the local towers. Not only that but as each phone has a unique identifier , removing a SIM card would not work against your cell phone company or Government sussing out it’s you making a call.

 

2) YOUR PHONE RECORDS

 

If you are living in places like the US where laws similar to the USA Patriot Act will allow your government to keep phone records, then your government could well be spying on you.

While the National Security Agency (NSA) may not be keeping records of specific individuals, they are keeping records of international and domestic telephone calls made in the US which can include a record of the time you made the call, how long it was, and what number you dialled.

 

3) GIVING APPS PERMISSION WHICH ARE USED AGAINST YOU

 

If you recall the San Bernardino and Apple case back in 2016, you would understand the susceptibility of backdoors installed in apps or devices.

A backdoor allows authorised users to get around normal security measures and gain high-level user access on a computer system, network, or software application. However, as backdoors are an intentional security flaw, unauthorised users can also exploit the method to attack.

When you are giving apps the permission to access your personal information on your phone such as your photos and videos, apps with backdoors will have this trove of information on hand to surrender to the Government.

What’s more, many prominent internet services such as Google, Facebook and other online services are subject to legal requests by US authorities, and other governments around the world to cooperate.

According to Google, the data they give requesting authorities differs depending on the type of request it receives.

For instance:

Subpoena

  • Subscriber registration information (e.g., name, account creation information, associated email addresses, phone number)
  • Sign-in IP addresses and associated time stamps

Court order

  • Non-content information (such as non-content email header information)
  • Information obtainable with a subpoena

Search warrant

  • Email content
  • Information obtainable with a subpoena or court order.

 

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