Tuesday, May 15, 2018

"Top Brit judge thinks we'll warm to our Panopticon overlords"

From The Register, May 11:

Make masses carry their mobes, suggests wig in not-at-all-creepy speech
A senior British judge has highlighted the benefits of legislation that obliges people to carry their mobile phone at all times.

Sir Geoffrey Vos QC, Chancellor of the High Court and former head of the Bar Council, raised the prospect of compulsory mobe-carrying in a speech to the Law Society (PDF).

Vos drew attention to the advantages that a permanent record of an individual's movement could have on cutting crime.

He did not personally advocate the compulsory carrying of location-aware technology, but speculated that public resistance to it may diminish in the future.
I think there will be far fewer contested criminal cases in the future, mainly because of the surveillance of which I have already spoken. We have recently seen the impact that digital disclosure of mobile phone records has had on rape prosecutions. One change in behaviour is already having a big impact on the eradication of contested criminal cases. Most people carry their smartphones on their person at all times with their GPS location switched on. They do this voluntarily, but if the legislators were, for example, to require citizens to carry phones at all times, it would be even more difficult to avoid detection....