Phone calls that aren’t (yet) being monitored

According to Engadget Mobile, T-Mobile and Verizon Wireless cell phone records are not being provided to the NSA. Obviously, if you’re calling a US landline, they can pick it up on the other end.

The jury is still out on whether a pen trace on Skype phone calls is possible, but as far as I’ve heard they’re currently outside the NSA dragnet. On the other hand, Skype is still the only consumer-level phone system that provides end-to-end 128-bit encryption transparently to its users, so the call itself cannot be tapped if you’re calling to another Skype user — again, if you’re calling a landline, you’re exposed on the other side.

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  1. Not quite correct on the “only” VOiP. Sipp, using GizmoProject and Phil Zimmerman’s new Zfone, is not only encrypted to any other user, it’s a *verified* open source for which PGP, Zimmermann’s baby, is famous. The one major problem with Skype is that while they claim encryption, there is no way to verify it since it’s owned by Skype and they have (so far) refused to publish the source code. Zfone is, at the moment, only available for Macintosh and Linux but the Windows version is due out this month (May). Check it out at Phil’s site http://www.philzimmermann.com>

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