London Met to erode civil liberties by tracking everyone

May 11th, 2011 6 Comments By Mof Gimmers

riot police 300x233 London Met to erode civil liberties by tracking everyoneHey! Got a criminal record and live in London? You’ll love this news then! See, those great guys at the Metropolitan Police (y’know, those guys who shoved a guy over ’til his brain died? Yeah, those guys) have decided to buy software which will map suspects’ digital movements!

This Geotime software will collect data from social networking sites, satnavs, mobile phones and even bank transactions in an attempt to map every stinkin’ move a suspect will make in real life and the digital realm.

The Guardian report that the Met have confirmed they’ve purchased this software that they’ve refused to rule out its use concerning public order disturbances, which means that, should you get nicked at a protest having done nothing wrong, they still might stalk you.

Sarah McSherry, a partner at Christian Khan Solicitors who represents several protesters in cases against the Metropolitan police, said: “We have already seen the utilisation of a number of tactics which infringe the right to peaceful protest, privacy and freedom of expression, assembly and movement. All of these have a chilling effect on participation in peaceful protest. This latest tool could also be used in a wholly invasive way and could fly in the face of the role of the police to facilitate rather than impede the activities of democratic protesters.”

All this comes on the back of news that the police force has kept a detailed record of the political activities of an 86-year-old man on a secret database, despite the fact he has no criminal record. He’ll be seeing them in the high court.

Do you live outside London and now having a good laugh at the poor, tracked saps? Careful. Sadly, the Ministry of Defence is also weighing up whether to us Geotime.

For fuck’s sake.

Comments (6) Jump to most recent comment
  1. Posted by Tiny Soprano May 11, 2011 at 5:07 pm

    Shower of bastards – the lot of ‘em.

  2. Posted by Mutineer May 11, 2011 at 5:34 pm

    Obviously all terrorists use Facebook on a mobile/navigate using a sat nav that they purchased using a credit card at a high street store in their own name.

    Yes folks, the pigs really *are* as stupid as they look.

  3. I remember banging on to people a few years ago about this kind of stuff, and being laughed at. These same people who say ‘if you have nothing to hide’ will regret it when they go to a protest and end up being accused of something they haven’t done and had their entire private lives (of course they had nothing to hide remember) opened up.
    If these terrorists are as clever as the police always claim (to justify this stuff) then surely the terrorists might have fake names, maybe give their registered phone to someone else whilst conducting their evil plans to destroy the world. Meanwhile police will be able to chase down 86 year olds who once went to a protest (a peace protest!)

  4. Posted by Dick May 12, 2011 at 4:06 pm

    > All this comes on the back of news that the police force has kept a detailed record of the political activities of an 86-year-old man on a secret database, despite the fact he has no criminal record.

    How does he know about it if it is a secret database?

  5. Posted by Inspector Knacker May 12, 2011 at 4:55 pm

    El-O El-O El-O
    What’s all this ere then?

    Some lefties disrepectin the braininess of the law? Sounds like a conspiracy to create public disorder; thanks for making sure that there were at leat three of you. Very ‘andy that.

    I’ll be ‘avin you IP adresses soon enough me laddies and then you be getting a thorough inspection of your activities.

  6. Posted by Sgt Basher September 28, 2011 at 9:43 pm

    Am i really going to trust a source that cant even get a picture of the met police and instead uses an image of a police force that doesnt even operate in england???
    NO
    Go on google images and type in: “I won’t call these guys when im being attacked or burgled” , that should give you plenty of images of the wonderful police service that is the metropolitan police service.

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