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posted by LaminatorX on Thursday November 06 2014, @09:38AM   Printer-friendly
from the war-on-error dept.

The Guardian reports:

Theresa May has reportedly moved to quash an attempt by her cabinet colleague Sajid Javid to improve mobile phone coverage by warning that the plans could aid terrorists, according a leaked letter.

[...] May argues in the leaked internal Whitehall letter that Javid’s plans to end “not-spots”, by allowing customers to roam between rival networks, could aid criminals and terrorists. The Times reported that May’s objections centre around concerns that roaming would make it more difficult for the agencies to track suspects.

In the letter, extracts of which have been published in the Times, May says that national roaming “could have a detrimental impact on law enforcement, security and intelligence agency access to communications data and lawful intercept”.

 
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  • (Score: 2) by zocalo on Thursday November 06 2014, @10:42AM

    by zocalo (302) on Thursday November 06 2014, @10:42AM (#113478)
    Or from owning phones bought outside the UK with international roaming enabled, apparently. Any such device is already going to lock onto the strongest signal it can find and roam onto that network, doing exactly the kind of thing Theresa May is so unhappy about. So, yes, once again, the public gets the shaft on something that might provide beneficial in so many ways because of the terrorists. Never mind that anyone with half a clue must know by now a mobile phone is like a tracking beacon so the only "terrorists" getting tracked like this in the first place are likely to be either so incompetant they are probably not a threat, are competent and are not currently worried about being tracked, or are not actually terrorists in the first place.
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