The daily STEW (Star-Telegram Editorial Writers): A federal district judge in Washington, D.C., has rejected 34 years of legal precedent and said it is reasonable for people to expect that telephone companies will keep records of their phone calls private. Is that something you expect of your phone company and trust the company to uphold?
Phone records aren’t private. They won’t ever be private — even if they say they are private. This is the digital age. Your phone can be tracked whether you make a call or not.
In this day and age, I don’t expect ANYTHING to be kept private.
I have never had an experience in which my phone company didn’t keep records of my phone calls private. If they did pass those records on to people who shouldn’t have them, I would probably be looking for a different phone company. So, yes, I can say that I expect my phone company to keep my records private, and I trust them to do so. Timothy Fish
The only thing I expect to be kept private is those things I don’t say. I think an expectation of privacy is a fool’s dream in this electronic world. Bill Reedy
I do expect my phone company, including my wireless service, to keep my records private. This is an area our legislators need to look at — making sure our citizens’ privacy rights are protected when we use all the current communication technologies. Bill Sawey
The phone companies are only following the lead of the courts. Until federal courts correctly determine that there is indeed an expectation of privacy, communications carriers will be open books. The issue about legal precedence is often a red-herring and really is a separate conversation. Lee Barrett