Is Cell Phone Communication Secure?
According to a 2010 survey by the CDC (Center For Disease Control) 26.6% of US households use only cell phones at home (Blumberg). With such a large amount of people depending on cellular for communications it is important to understand the security risks they face.
Cell phone communication is not completely secure but the risk depends on a variety of variables, user habits, interception points, and user vigilance.
Legally no one is supposed to listen to cell phone calls but it does happen. In April of 1994 the Federal Communications Commission “ruled no radio scanners may be manufactured or imported into the U.S. that can pick up frequencies used by cellular telephones, or that can be readily altered to receive such frequencies. (47 CFR Part 15.37(f))(Fact Sheet). “Another federal law, the Counterfeit Access Device Law, was amended to make it illegal to use a radio scanner “knowingly and with the intent to defraud” to eavesdrop on wire or electronic communication. (18 USC 1029) Penalties for the intentional interception of cordless …
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