Re: wire tapping

Jim Hall (
Mon, 20 May 1996 12:35:56 -0400

> It's like a phone conversation. You go on the assumption that
> you can speak freely because the operator isn't listening in

It's like a phone conversation, but it's not like a point to point connection...
Being on a public ref is like being on a party line only worse because anyone,
anywhere, anytime can log on and check it such, your sense of privacy is and
should be inherently diminished. If you want to have a private conversation, then don't
use a ref, connect one to one, or use a ref with a conference ID...

Furthermore, to deny the recording of any computer mediated communication is to deny
one of the inherent qualities of the computer : memory and replicability.

> the person on the other end isn't recording the conversation. It's a level of
> comfort so to speak.