Friday, May 18, 2012
A new privacy row has engulfed the Met Police after it unveiled a device to copy and store data from the mobile phones of suspects held in custody – whether charges are brought or not.
Detectives will be able to access details of contacts, call history and texts, within minutes after plugging the phone into a device being used in 16 London boroughs.
But the technology, which could soon be used by police across the entire country, has sparked concern from civil rights groups who have threatened to challenge it under human rights law.
They fear innocent members of the public could find private information taken and stored indefinitely.
This article was posted: Friday, May 18, 2012 at 8:28 am