Does not rule out using it to investigate public order disturbances
Britain’s largest police force, the Metropolitan police, has purchased a new software that can track one’s every move in the digital world, including phone contacts and links in social networking sites.
Some police forces in the US already use the Geotime software, which collects and collates data from social networking sites, satnavs, mobiles, financial transactions and IP network logs to create a 3D picture of all connections.
The Met, the only UK force to buy Geotime, has confirmed that it has purchased the software, but has said that it is not in operational use as yet.
Officials have also declined to rule out its use in investigating public order disturbances, which has raised concerns among social activists, reports the Guardian.
A spokesman for the Met told Guardian, "We are in the process of evaluating the Geotime software to explore how it could possibly be used to assist us in understanding patterns in data relating to both space and time."
"A decision has yet to be made as to whether we will adopt the technology [permanently]. We have used dummy data to look at how the software works and have explored how we could use it to examine police vehicle movements, crime patterns and telephone investigations."