Private conversations are a thing of the past

I posted a good chunk of this article by Phil Kadner article from the South Town Star because I want you to get hooked and read the full thing!! Mr. Kadner writes about the stark reality that is our technology-enabled voyeur society, where anything that happens outside your home is subject to being recorded by someone somewhere…

I post this here to alert parents to the fact that they very well may be the only ones that have no clue what their kids are doing online and in the real world. Don’t let that be the case. If everyone else is watching, why aren’t you?

PC Pandora monitoring software will show you everything they won’t tell you…

March 2, 2012
Kadner: Private conversations are a thing of the past
By Phil Kadner, South Town Star

I hope everyone realizes that if they do something really dumb, there’s a good chance it’s going to end up on YouTube.

People all over the country are using cell phones and other gadgets to record events from the silly (pet tricks) to the serious (natural disasters).

So it seems strange indeed that a Cook County judge had to make a ruling Friday that a citizen can legally make an audio recording of a conversation with a police officer while being arrested.

Christopher Drew, a Chicago artist, was charged with a felony for concealing a tape recorder in his poncho that recorded a confrontation with a Chicago police officer on State Street.

Illinois has one of the strictest eavesdropping laws in the country, with a penalty of up to 15 years in prison for a person who records a conversation without the other party’s consent.

“A parent making an audio recording of their child’s soccer game, but in doing so happens to record nearby conversations, would be in violation of the Eavesdropping Statute,” Judge Stanley Sacks declared.

It’s astonishing that in one of the most corrupt states in the country, citizens who decided to record an extortion attempt by a Chicago alderman or state legislator could be sent to prison.

Well, maybe that’s not so surprising. Read more ›

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