OPSEC Spy Failures: Optional Course Viewing

This video is supplemental material for our course. It is not required.

This is an incredible video. A mainstream journalist who works for NBC describes how the metadata from cell phones helped expose a CIA rendition. Keep in mind, these were experienced and veteran field agents who were tracked and identified because of sloppy practices.

As an educator and a citizen, it is important that you understand just how much information your phone's metadata represents. As this video demonstrates, the metadata from your phone can be more important and powerful than the content of your conversation.

While we further and proactively work to integrate more and more technology into our schools and students' lives, it is vital that we grasp just how much surveillance we are enabling. And as this story ironically demonstrates, even the professionals can be tracked down by the sheer power and amount of information their mobile devices carry.