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Is Someone Eavesdropping on Your Attorney-Client Conversations?
By Louis L. Akin
A lawyer and his client are sitting in a café having coffee while on
recess in a major case. They turn off their cell phones so that no one
will interrupt them. They lean forward for a highly confidential
tête-à-tête. However, they are not the only ones interested in their
discussion. Unknown to them, a third-party — miles away — remotely turns
on the lawyer’s cell phone and records every word of the conversation.
When the conversation ends the lawyer turns on his phone, calls his
investigator, and gets the latest on statements taken from key
witnesses. The third-party records that conversation too, and while she
is at it, downloads all the text messages and e-mails the lawyer has on
his cell phone. She downloads the telephone numbers, dates, exact times,
and duration of the conversations. Finally, she downloads information
telling her the lawyer’s location when he placed or received cell phone
calls during the past month. Fantastic? Futuristic? Not at all.
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