Retroactive Wiretapping in Google Voice?
July 13, 2009 10:09 AM Subscribe
Does Google Voice record all calls connected through the service, and if so, would those calls be subpoenable?
got me thinking:
When you use Google Voice, Google's servers automatically record certain information about your use of Google Voice. Similar to other web services, Google Voice records information such as account activity (including storage usage, number of log-ins), data displayed or clicked on (including UI elements, links); and other log information (including browser type, IP-address, date and time of access, cookie ID, and referrer URL). Google's servers also automatically collect telephony log information (including calling-party number, forwarding numbers, time and date of calls, duration of calls, SMS routing information, and types of calls).
They're recording information "such as," as opposed to "specifically limited to," or something else of the sort. Knowing that Google Voice provides me the option to click-to-record through the web interface, not to mention storing my voicemails as audio on their servers, I think it's safe to say that they can aggregate the content of all phone calls connected through the service.
But are they (and are calls made through traditional telecoms recorded too)? And would the content of the calls (the audio, not just who I called and when) be able to be subpoenaed in a court case? Not that I have anything to worry about, but does a recording of a call stored on a server change our previous presumptions of privacy so that any Google Voice call can effectively be "retroactively wiretapped?"