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If you attach the right component to a landline phone, it'll transmit when it's turned off, too.
I think listening on your landline only works when you're using it for a phone call. What folks here are talking about is the possibility of your cell phone being a bugging device even when it's "turned off".
To listen in on your landline, the government agency has to run it past a special court to get approval. That court hands out approvals like candy. It approves almost every request. The last time I checked, it was something like 3 or 4 refusals, since the court was first set up.
Admittedly, the last time I checked was a few years ago. So, you might need two hands to count, now.
Idaho Spud, that's kind of alarming.
Verizon, my phone company, is one of the few that allows the government to access its data on its customers, and listen to the sounds the phone picks up.
So just having a cellphone on, to receive calls, is an open invitation to Big Brother to listen to your home. I presume this doesn't apply to a land line?
The "Pokemon Go" augmented reality game is having a real effect on our furry friends:
(Looks like "imnotrightinthehead" is a Facebook page, not a stand-alone website.)
Yeah, there's a hard shutoff switch in the sound settings somewhere. I don't know where it in is Mac OS, since I only use Windows and Linux, but it should be somewhere obvious, in with the main volume sliders. There's usually a mute button at the bottom of all of the sliders, in most interfaces.
I always keep it turned off, there, when I'm not using it. Plus, my gaming mic has a hardware mute button, in the volume-control unit that's built into the cord.
Same with the camera. There's always a way to turn it off, somewhere in the system settings, although that varies from interface to interface.
Shortly after I started using my latest computer, I discovered it had sent my image (in my underwear) in at least one email I sent. I now have several layers of black tape over the camera, and have the microphone plugged. The mic still picks up some sound, so I'll put a switch on it if I ever figure out how to open this iMac.
From what I've learned, it appears Verizon, my phone company, is one of the few that allows the government to access its data on its customers, and listen to the sounds the phone picks up. I like to keep my phone on all the time for emergencies, but lately I've taken to turning it off when I don't want anyone listening. I'm not even sure that's enough. I may want to put a switch on it that can switch the battery out.
But as for the actual content of the article ...
That's why we should live in an anarcho-capitalist utopia. The corporations will be held to account and be forced to be ethical by the buying public ... because the buying public clearly notices this sort of stuff.
The bit about phones is also a fun thing. At least I'm good on that front. I haven't used the phone in forever, except to make calls to contractors, my dentist, and similar people. All of my personal stuff is handled through other apps, for which I can (and do) read the privacy statements.
My cell phone is almost completely a mobile computer. I have ... three calls in my call log this month. One is an appointment reminder from my dentist, and the other two are a call from my doctor to reschedule (which went to voicemail) and me calling his office back.
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