Big Brother follows mobile users

New laws in the UK and US will let police track the movement of people by tracing the location of their cell phones.

Civil liberties groups are up in arms over new British legislation which will allow authorities to track mobile users without having to apply for a warrant from the Home Secretary as is currently needed to intercept and read electronic communications.

The next generation of European phone technology will have positioning capabilities as standard while existing US mobile phone standards are also about to have the same capabilities phased in under recent legislation passed by Congress.

Britain's Foundation for Information Policy Research says anyone using the new phones will be able to be tracked with pinpoint accuracy at the click of a mouse, effectively putting an electronic tag on most of the population.

ZDNet (UK) 3/8/00