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Sunday, April 13, 2008

Big Brother Comes to London

Met police brass take a page from Orwell and will be "microchipping" their 31,000 police officers.

Every single Metropolitan police officer will be 'microchipped' so top brass can monitor their movements on a Big Brother style tracking scheme, it can be revealed today.

According to respected industry magazine Police Review, the plan - which affects all 31,000 serving officers in the Met, including Sir Ian Blair - is set to replace the unreliable Airwave radio system currently used to help monitor officer's movements.

The new electronic tracking device - called the Automated Personal Location System (APLS) - means that officers will never be out of range of supervising officers.


G said...

hey jay, interesting post. What do you think about it?

Whilst I have problems with far reaching intrusive surveillance systems I don't really have that much of a problem with this. It looks they are using it for geo-locating officers incase they get in the shit because it's hard to make your location known with your voice when you are getting the shit kicked through you.

I wonder how they are going to manage the security of it though. Even if the signals are encrypted, someone could pick up the technical signals and match up common ones through traffic analysis. Then you'd have the real time pattern analysis of the whereabouts of every officer in London.

G said...

I wonder when they say microchipping they actually mean implanting microchips or a little device that they'd wear with their accoutrements. Hmmm, the more I think about this the more I don't like it. It could lead to other companies following suit that have nothing to do with the techs original intention.

The Red Son said...

Ha! Apparently disarming the populace and watching the city through thousands of CCTV cameras wasn't enough to satisfying the UK Orwellian aspirations. Completely watching/controlling your own agents of repressions is just another step towards the island being (more of) a prison. I guess POME is soon be a legal category, along with enemy combatant.

SnoopyTheGoon said...

Hey, folks , what do you know? My old lady would love to fix me this way.

No need anymore, sorry to say...

Jay@Soob said...

I think it's something of a "slippery slope" situation. Just as I think the incredible amount of camera surveillance laid the ground work for acceptance of chipping their police, this newest bit could well be groundwork for even more Orwellian measures. Such as camera's that can see straight through your clothing.