Care of the Frauds, Phishing and Financial Misdeeds blog, a bit of a follow-up to my earlier post on how relatively easy it is to obtain someone else’s cell phone records. I believe that Ted gets it right when he says that personal information isn’t protected the way it should be. I’ve seen a few arguments that basically say you have nothing to worry about if you’re not doing anything wrong, but I think this line of reasoning misses the point. In one sense it is about unethical behavior: the unethical behavior of some businesses; but for the most part it’s about who controls access to personal information.
I suspect that most people would not want just anyone to know who they have been calling, at what times, and from where. Circumstances change perceptions of privacy.
Regardless, it’s good to see the FTC advocating regulation.