Mar 072011
 
 March 7, 2011  Non-U.S., Surveillance

Mark Prigg writes:

Plans to allow mobile phone calls on the Tube raise major privacy concerns, a leading computer security expert warned today.

Dr Richard Clayton, a researcher at Cambridge University, said it was virtually impossible to rule out the presence of “electronic back doors” that allow manufacturers to listen in on calls or even switch off systems remotely.

He said a major problem with large phone exchange systems was whether manufacturers “know more about them than they admit to”.

He said: “The issue is whether or not the manufacturers can turn them off in times of crisis, which can be very disruptive, or whether people can listen in to calls without permission.”

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