This is apparrently so. The talk that article mentioned is available at http://www.geekzone.co.nz/forums.asp?forumId=48&topicid=138381
It's in the second video I believe, which outlines the technology spy agencies(yes, that includes New Zealand's) can use for surveilance.
It seems there's not a lot they cannot access, all without people knowing that they are doing so. It pointed out in that video, they can turn on the microphone and make the phone call somewhere silently, without the user knowing. Along with accessing anything on the phone itself(more than the user can access it seems to me).
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