I've just updated an interesting telecommunications project, and to test the software I needed to make telephone calls over the Internet. The easiest, cheapest, and most painless way to do the testing was to use a company called Voipbusters.
What this means is that my telephone calls are not only routed over the Internet, my calls are routed by a company headquartered in the Netherlands. But while some people may think that means my phone call records are secure from spying by the National Security Agency, the exact opposite is true: the US government spies on Internet traffic through its Carnivore and successor programs, which makes the traces of these phone calls easily accessible.
But that will certainly change: with a tiny bit of encryption by my service provider, my call records would drop off the face of the Earth. As people demand more privacy from both criminals and the government, business will find a way to respond — even if it means that telephone service is outsourced to foreign lands.
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