Judge Indicates Legislating For Compulsory Mobile Phone Carrying
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The Law Society’s Inaugural Lecture on the Future of Law
Tuesday 8th May 2018
Sir Geoffrey Vos, Chancellor of the High Court
Excerpt from the lecture ; https://www.judiciary.gov.uk/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/chc-speech-future-of-law-lecture-may-2018-1.pdf
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 time, it would be even more difficult to avoid detection.With or without such a rule, as the location of all persons is continuously uploaded to the cloud, there will anyway be far fewer identity issues in criminal cases.
The same judge just months before upheld an earlier ruling on a case brought by MP Tom Watson, represented by Liberty, who claimed that the Government was breaking the law by collecting individuals’ internet activity and phone records and letting public bodies grant themselves access to these personal details, where there was no suspicion of serious crime and no independent signoff.