Re: Tom Dial You Missed The Real Story
I agree entirely. If it isn't in your pocket - and switched off, with the battery taken out - you don't know where it's been nor where it is going.
However (again) let's not let google (and yahoo ... and - as you say and as I appreciate - a sh1t ton of other systems and system designers) off the hook.
When setting up his gMail account, on his smartphone, Billy Smith ticked the Require SSL checkbox - Little did Billy know* that google's promise of protecting his data from snooping - while it whizzed back and forth from his phone - was only good for some of the journey.
* I appreciate Billy should have known ... but then like 10% of the world's population, Billy uses Facebook and so can't really be blamed for being a bit simple.
Just because everyone else is rubbish at systems design - and especially when you are one of the most high profile, high powered and wealthy IT firms on the planet - doesn't mean you can just patch it together with celotape and go back to admiring the size of your advertising revenue.
If google wasn't proclaiming itself "outraged" I would be saying it's a myth put about by the powers that be. But because they are outraged, they must know that such snooping was possible, because of their rubbish systems design (however commonplace it is).
I put more thought into my BBC Micro Pontoon game for my (no qualification) course in BASIC programming than that.
Rubbish and naive ... like red riding hoods, a classic combination.
And I am (still) somewhat disappointed in the website claiming to Bite Off Hands - This isn't another NSA, oh who cares story. This is a google bashing story and El Reg usually isn't that shy :-(