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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: 3, Interesting) by wonkey_monkey on Thursday November 06 2014, @04:11PM

    by wonkey_monkey (279) on Thursday November 06 2014, @04:11PM (#113559) Homepage

    UK Home Secretary: Project to End Mobile "Not-Spots" Could Aid Terrorists

    They do seem to be having a pretty hard time terrorising, or even injuring, anyone in the UK using the existing mobile networks.

    Not that there's a minimum acceptable number of deaths from terrorism, but when you've got 0 of those in the past 12 months in the UK[citation needed]*, versus how ever many hundreds it is from alcohol, random acts of violence, car accidents... well, you know where I'm going with this.

    *Wikipedia lists five terrorist incidents in the UK since 2010. All five occurred between April and July 2013. Four were committed by the same person. Grand total: two deaths.

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  • (Score: 2) by GungnirSniper on Thursday November 06 2014, @05:57PM

    by GungnirSniper (1671) on Thursday November 06 2014, @05:57PM (#113590) Journal

    The 7/7 attacks killed 52 people [wikipedia.org] so I'm sure that random mass threat seems more concerning than routine things like alcohol abuse and car accidents.