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Cellular privacy enhanced, says Bell.

Cellular privacy enhanced, says Bell

A service which enhances the security of cellular conversations from interception or scanning by third parties was introduced by Bell Cellular last month.

Privacy Plus was designed to ensure privacy for subscribers requiring complete confidentiality during transmissions.

Bell identifies these people as law enforcement agencies, defence industry officials and senior executives of corporations.

According to Bell Cellular, because cellular technology operates via radio frequencies, eaves-dropping, although difficult for any length of time due to the continuing changes in frequencies involved in cellular conversations, is possible utilizing sophisticated scanners.

Bell Cellular claims that with Privacy Plus a scrambler is connected to a user's phone and, when a call is placed, the device automatically scrambles the call. It descrambles it at a central switching facility before routing the call to the receiver.

According to a representative with the Cellular Centre in Sudbury, a call scrambled by an EPU can be received by a cellular phone which is not EPU-equipped. However, in this case, only the caller's signal would be scrambled.

The device, known as the Enhanced Privacy Unit (EPU), and the service work with all in-car or portable cellular phones.

The EPU was co-developed over the past two years by Bell Cellular and Cycomm Corporation, a division of Vancouver- based Sonatel Telecommunications Corporation.

The cost of the service is approximately $90 per month and will be available to subscribers sometime in mid-July.
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Title Annotation:Communications Report; Bell Cellular Inc.
Publication:Northern Ontario Business
Date:Aug 1, 1990
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