October 15th, 2002, 05:35 AM
Mobile Phones = Tracking Devices
Government's secret Celldar project will allow surveillance of anyone, at any time and anywhere there is a phone signal
Secret radar technology research that will allow the biggest-ever extension of 'Big Brother'-style surveillance in the UK is being funded by the Government.
The radical new system, which has outraged civil liberties groups, uses mobile phone masts to allow security authorities to watch vehicles and individuals 'in real time' almost anywhere in Britain.
The technology 'sees' the shapes made when radio waves emitted by mobile phone masts meet an obstruction. Signals bounced back by immobile objects, such as walls or trees, are filtered out by the receiver. This allows anything moving, such as cars or people, to be tracked. Previously, radar needed massive fixed equipment to work and transmissions from mobile phone masts were thought too weak to be useful.
'It's an appalling idea,' said Simon Davies, director of Privacy International. 'The Government is just capitalising on current public fears over security to intoduce new systems that are neither desirable nor necessary.'
In other news, England has decided on an official name change to Airstrip One
But seriously, if someone unauthorised had access to such a system, imagine the power they would wield over the general public. Knowing where anyone is, at any time - it boggles the mind. The last quote for me really sums up the situation. In the current climate, anything that claims to increase security can be implemented without any fear of a major backlash: it's for 'the good of the people'.
What do you guys think of this new system?