Access Now plans this week to visit a Vodafone shareholder's meeting -- did you know Vodafone was the planet's largest mobile phone corporation, with over 400 million customers? I did not! -- in order to interrogate Vodafone about where it stands on government snooping on its networks, and you can tell Vodafone to respect its customers' privacy here. Now Vodafone has been more forthcoming about government spying on its networks than you might expect -- not long ago it issued a transparency report, becoming the first of the European big telecoms to do so, and although its report told us that, yes, the world's governments are sucking up all the consumer data from Vodafone's networks, at least they confirmed what we already suspected. And this could affect you, if you have any friends or family overseas. It's an unsettling thought, but we might as well confront it, because we won't change it without confronting it first.
Meanwhile, the Social Security Administration has closed over five dozen field offices since 2010, as well as over 500 "temporary field offices," and has reduced hours in the 1,200-plus field offices that remain open. Not a big deal, you say? You'll be happy to know that the Social Security Administration agrees with you -- they seem to think that seniors will use their cell phones and laptops to contact the SSA more and more as time goes on. But do seniors necessarily have access to the services that would enable them to use their cell phones and laptops to contact the SSA? No, not necessarily -- these things do cost money, after all. And don't some folks need someone to physically show them how their government services work? Yes, they do. And hello! Government agencies have a duty to operate properly for their owners, the American people. The Campaign for America's Future helps you tell the Social Security Administration to keep field offices open.