The author has an excellent observation – this scandal, this pain for so many people, would never have happened if those tapped communications could not have been tapped. This is what he says in the key paragraphs of the article –
The point is that this should never have been allowed to happen in the first place. A virtual, mobile firewall or encrypted voice tech with unique access ID should always have been in place – as part of these corporations’ license obligations. And given that they have failed to ensure that this was the case, they too should be the focus of the media and political, regulatory scrum.
This whole sorry saga should be thrown before the courts and the regulators with the telcos in the dock alongside the greedy, opportunist perpetrators of these heinous anti-privacy protagonists. Privacy must be sacrosant under the British constitution, its common law upheld irrespective of who has the most money to bribe police officers to pass on private information.
It was cruel of these companies to have saved money and time and compassion by refusing to secure their networks privacy. I appreciate the author’s perceptiveness.
via ECM Plus – The Voice of Content