Father of cell phone: 'We don’t have any privacy anymore'

"Everything about us is now recorded," says Martin Cooper.

Updated: March 1, 2023 - 12:02pm

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The long-hailed father of the mobile phone recently expressed discontent that the device he brought to fruition has created a world in which there is no longer "any privacy" for the average citizen. 

Martin Cooper, who drove development of the first successful portable phone at Motorola in the 1970s, told the Associated Press this week that his "most negative opinion" about cell phones is "we don’t have any privacy anymore."

"[E]verything about us is now recorded someplace and accessible to somebody who has enough intense desire to get it," he claimed.

“There are people now that can justify measuring where you are, where you’re making your phone calls, who you’re calling, what you access on the Internet," he said elsewhere. 

Though he expressed reservations about the privacy concerns surrounding cell phones, Cooper told the news wire that he still has hope for the technology's better applications. 

“Between the cellphone and medical technology and the Internet, we are going to conquer disease,” he said.