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The Metropolitan Police, Britain’s largest police force, are operating a surveillence system that allows it to shut off users’ phones and intercept communications, reports The Guardian.The system can also allow police to track targets’ movements and gather data on individuals, prompting major concerns about privacy. Civil liberty groups have spoken out about the use of the technology.
The system was bought from a British company that also supplies the U.S. Secret Service and regimes in the Middle East with technology. The Daily Mail has suggested that it may be used to monitor large public demonstrations, such as the riots in London over the summer, or the ongoing protests outside St Paul’s Cathedral.
Both papers reported that the police would not confirm or deny whether this was a potential application of the technology.
This is not the first time civil liberty groups have been aggrieved by surveillance carried out by the police. In May, the Guardian reported that the police intended to buy software that monitored individuals’ movements through their online activity. It again raised concern about privacy.
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