RedFlags is syndicated on the Indyblogs roll, and I check in from time to time to see what other Indymedia-identified bloggers are up to. Delete the Border, one of the more active sites, had a post that confirmed every paranoid assumption I ever had about cell phones (before a job with Indymedia, ironically enough, compelled me to buy one).

Not only are cell phones effective positioning devices, that say where you are and where you have been, but the feds (and likely largely police departments like the NYPD) have the ability to turn on your microphone and listen to you even when you aren't making a call.

This auto-bugging is amazing. Even if you power your phone down, that doesn't turn the microphone or broadcasting off. The only way to deal with it is by taking out your phone battery. Even then... who knows. Read the original article.