To test the spyware, Action 7 News purchased software for about $350, and with permission, installed it on an employee's phone.
Producers Robin and Laura agreed to be spied on.
So what can the software do?
"I can follow you around if your phone has GPS technology. I can see where you are, I can read your e-mails, I can read your text messaging," said Carr.
Once Robin makes a phone call from several miles away, a cell phone in the newsroom receives a text message alert about her call. The newsroom cell phone is able to listen to the phone call between Robin and her fiance.
Robin's GPS location could also be continuously monitored.
And even with her phoned turned off, her conversation over lunch with her colleague Laura could be heard on the newsroom cell phone.
(Emphasis in the last line is mine)
So there goes our ultimate sanction against a machine takeover — no more "Hah! Let's see how far you get after I pull the plug on you, you bastard!"
It's not that the Brazil government can't afford a Thawte or Verisign certificate - the actual reasoning is that as a sovereign nation they don't trust (and can't depend on) these foreign corporations. The website is (IMHO, correctly and appropriately) certified by the chief Brazilian trusted authority.
Hmm. When I go to The Consulate General of India in San Francisco, I am assured that
Effective October 1st, 2007 Travisa Outsourcing will handle all requests for Indian visas.
Strangely enough, that site [registered by Verizon Wireless] is authenticated by Verisign Inc., but that does not seem to bother your governments sensibilities. BTW, I myself am a UK Citizen and a Permanent Resident of the United States, so I don't think your xenophobic rant really applies to me.
But yes, it's your country so your rules apply. I understand that a visa is a privilege, not a right.
I applied for my visa/"Green Card" in the same way that a non-citizen from anywhere must, and although the process involves vetting as might be expected, I am never "excruciatingly humiliated" [to paraphrase your comment] when re-entering the US.
The point of my post was to highlight the fact that there exists a web of trust on the internet which seems to be ignored in this particular case; is that my browser's problem? I think not. They all quite rightly caution that there can be no trust applied to this particular site and to try to turn this into a specious allegation on what happens to a non-citizen entering the US is garbage.
"Probably the best operating system in the world is the [operating system] made for the PDP-11 by Bell Laboratories." - Ted Nelson, October 1977