Apr 7
9:00 PM

Big Brother Knows When You Sleep . . .

Everybody has a cell phone.  And according to the Electronic Frontier Foundation's recent story, "Your cell phone company knows everywhere you go, twenty-four hours a day, every day."  That's common knowledge.  No big deal, right?  Well, a German politician and privacy advocate used German privacy law to force his cell phone carrier to reveal what it knew about him over a 6-month period.  "This profile reveals when Spitz walked down the street, when he took a train, when he was in an airplane. It shows where he was in the cities he visited. It shows when he worked and when he slept, when he could be reached by phone and when was unavailable. It shows when he preferred to talk on his phone and when he preferred to send a text message. It shows which beer gardens he liked to visit in his free time. All in all, it reveals an entire life," according to Zeit Online.  Zeit put all this data into a really interesting interactive map which animates his movements, moment by moment, over the course of half a year.  Think that's long enough for Big Brother to verify you haven't any secrets?  In the U.S., the FBI and DEA have used cellphone records to identify suspects and make arrests, according to a New York Times article, but as usual, "The major American cellphone providers declined to explain what exactly they collect and what they use it for."  But we'll never have to worry about that, right? [BB]