Enter Malte Spitz. A Berlinner. And a Green Party MP in Germany. He actually went to court to find out what his phone company had on him. And with the help of some other people what he has to say in this recent TEDGlobal talk might raise a few eyebrows. It certainly provides a perspective which I found really interesting.
So - watch this 9 minute TED talk and wait till you see the graphic representation of the data that is presented towards the end. If you are an "ethics" or "social implications" enthusiast - then it will provide plenty of discussion points.
Now - you might like to know what your local phone provider has to say on this. I'm a Vodafone customer ... this is from their website this morning ..
1. What information does Vodafone collect?
There will of course be governmental rules around privacy of information ... here are a couple of starting points if you are interested in following through on some of this.
Telecommunications Information Privacy Code 2003
Privacy Act 1993