When most people hear the term “communication interception,” they think of government agencies tapping phones and installing bugging devices to record everything that’s said in a person’s home/office. However, this term is more broad and situational. It can refer to anyone recording regular phone calls between two or more people, and even face-to-face public and private conversations.

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Todd Morris, CEO of BrickHouse Security, hesitantly presses play and sits back down, bracing himself for the worst. As working parents, Todd and his wife had no choice but to entrust their then one-year-old son to a nanny, and now comes the moment of truth: playing back the nanny camera video. Will she be everything she said she says she was? Caring, helpful, playful? Or will she be like those horror stories you see on the news?

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The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) is suing multiple government agencies for using social networking websites such as FaceBook, MySpace, YoutTube, and Twitter as a way to wiretap people and use the information to arrest them. Some of the government agencies being sued are the Department of Defense, the Central Intelligence Agency, the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of the Treasury, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, and the Department of Justice, which includes the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Drug Enforcement Agency, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, among others.

The government is using the information they get from the Internet to aid in various investigations where the alleged crimes range from the relatively minor infringement of underage drinking, to more serious endeavors, such as the coordination of protesters during the G-20 summit. It is also very easy for the government to get access to your private information even if it is made to be hidden from the public, all they need is to supply a warrant for the social networking sites to give them all the information they want. Although usually the government uses this for good reasons, the people should know what their rights are in this area.

(Via ReadWriteWeb)

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