Bitch on the Blog

March 16, 2014

In good faith

Filed under: Ethics — bitchontheblog @ 17:24

Before I go into the kitchen where I wish I belonged one question. Call me naive.

Do any of you actually record private phone conversations? If so what’s the purpose? And why don’t you point this out (as all companies do – to their credit) to the ‘friend’ you are talking to?

Bloody hell.




  1. No, I don’t. It’s illegal unless you tell the other person, apparenly.

    Comment by magpie11 — March 16, 2014 @ 20:20 | Reply

    • Illegal or not, Magpie, it happens. As was brought to my attention in a most unpleasant way.

      Makes you think. Who to trust. Even if the person him/herself is trustworthy in principle, do I wish my every uttering to be recorded? In short … NO.

      Surveillance society.

      A friend of mine is so paranoid [not in a clinical sense] that he will not enter any email conversation.

      One of my sisters (the other one probably too), a control freak if ever there was one, does think nothing of ‘befriending’ her ADULT children via facebook. Sweet. Lovely. Keep tabs on them. Police them. Give them no space. Don’t let go. I can’t believe it. I cannot believe it.

      I sometimes think the only way I can keep my increasing disenchantment with parts of the world at bay is to go somewhere with a garden, dig the soil, pickle cucumbers and make jam.


      Comment by bitchontheblog — March 16, 2014 @ 21:21 | Reply

      • Mm! How about always saying something rude in every ‘phone conversation? Not vulgar or crude just rude.

        I think your solution an admirable idea…. I couldn’t do it because I don’t like jam and too much sugar is not good for me anyway…..

        Comment by magpie11 — March 17, 2014 @ 12:49 | Reply

  2. Typical private phone conversation:

    “Hello, my name is Sammy. I am from the Inquisitive Foundation and we are conducting a survey of the opinions of people like you …. ”

    First attempt to get a word in edge-wise fails.

    “The data you provide will be in strict confidence yada yada yada …”

    Second attempt to get a word in edge-wise fails.

    “For quality purposes this phone call will be recorded. If you would like to know more about our policies, please call xx-xxx-xxxx-xxxx …”

    Whether this is live or a recording isn’t yet ascertainable.

    Finally I hang up.

    So no, I don’t record private phone conversations because I presume someone else has already done this.

    Comment by Looney — March 16, 2014 @ 20:49 | Reply

    • Looney, please see my answer to Ramana. Reason I answered him first is not only because I do things in reverse order or sideways – like a crab – but because there is a saying along the lines of ‘age comes before beauty’. And since you are younger than Ramana he came first. Not that I am implying that you are more beautiful than him. You know something, Looney? Life, when you open your mouth, is a minefield. And then you blow up.


      Comment by bitchontheblog — March 17, 2014 @ 03:19 | Reply

      • I am always happy to take my turn after Ramana!

        Comment by Looney — March 17, 2014 @ 03:30 | Reply

        • Looney you must be the only fellow left on the planet with such old world courtesy. Bar of course the lady who started this discussion off to begin with.

          Comment by rummuser — March 17, 2014 @ 07:46 | Reply

  3. I don’t but I do announce to telemarketeers that the conversation is being recorded for appraisal purposes. Just my way of expressing my annoyance at being targeted for a marketing spiel. I also proceed further and ask the caller to press 1 for English, 2 for Marathi and so on and by that time s/he has hung up.

    Comment by rummuser — March 17, 2014 @ 01:41 | Reply

    • Be gentle with those poor sausages at call centres, Ramana. They are only doing a darn awful job.

      I don’t mind companies/organisations recording conversations. In fact, it’s almost reassuring to know they have a record without me having to make copious notes. And if, as they say, they use those recordings for ‘training purposes’ so much the better. A bit like when you are at hospital and they ask you whether it’s ok if any medical students may be present too – at your moment of indignity. Fine. How else are our future doctors to learn? Let’s party.

      My lament was over private conversations (between friends or relatives) being recorded. Again, that’s ok. Providing I know this to be so. To do so covertly, and then use it to incriminate someone – out of context – is not ok.

      Which reminds me, and might make you smile in memory of your own marriage: How often did FOS say to me: “I wish I’d recorded last night’s conversation” (when we had a disagreement). Yeah, well. Sometimes it’s good to let words go with the wind. Once spoken only your memory holding on to the remnants.


      Comment by bitchontheblog — March 17, 2014 @ 03:10 | Reply

      • No chance there U. I was simply banished to the diwan in the drawing room. No conversations to record. Period.

        Comment by rummuser — March 17, 2014 @ 07:39 | Reply

  4. Nope and I( do not answer calls from toll free numbers either

    Comment by shackman — March 17, 2014 @ 16:09 | Reply

  5. Why in the world would friends and relatives record private conversations for in the first place? What kind of friends and relatives do that?

    Comment by Phil — March 18, 2014 @ 18:52 | Reply

    • I don’t know, Phil. And, as I said before, it doesn’t really matter. What matters is how we use information gleaned. Whether recorded or remembered. The last few years have taught me to not expect too much of others being ‘discreet’. Big blow to my view of life and its inhabitants. However, and it is a bit of a battle (with myself): I shall be damned if I let my belief in the good of those who are good be blighted.


      Comment by bitchontheblog — March 19, 2014 @ 13:44 | Reply

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