In most of Europe, phone companies don’t record the phone numbers when you call, and they don’t show up on your bill. They only tick off the charges on a meter. Now, I was told that this is partly because the Nazis used the call records that they used to have, to track and identify the opposition after taking over those countries in World War II. They don’t keep those records any more.
A transcript of remarks given at the First Conference on Computers, Freedom, and Privacy
[Interesting perspective. I hadn’t really thought of it but phone records could be thought of as violating my Jews in the Attic Test.–Joe]