Anti-Terror Backlash Against Mobile Phones Continues

We’ve already seen the beginnings of the backlash against mobile phones on the basis that terrorists might use them, and given recent events in London, it’s not surprising to see it carry on there. Following New York City’s shutdown of mobile service in tunnels there, some British politicians are now using security grounds to call for a review of plans to blanket the London subway with mobile coverage. This comes even though mobile phones weren’t used in any of the attacks there, and the often-cited train bombings in Madrid saw the alarms of mobile phones used, rather than anything dependent on network technology. While there’s the possibility that mobile phones could be used in an attack, having network coverage in the subway also offers a number of potential safety and security benefits as well. On a lighter note, though, perhaps they don’t need cellular coverage, if a hoax email is to be believed. It says that if users dial 112 when they’re underground, satellite signals will connect them to the emergency services.

Add Your Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Have a Techdirt Account? Sign in now. Want one? Register here

Comment Options:

Make this the or (get credits or sign in to see balance) what's this?

What's this?

Techdirt community members with Techdirt Credits can spotlight a comment as either the "First Word" or "Last Word" on a particular comment thread. Credits can be purchased at the Techdirt Insider Shop »

Follow Techdirt

Techdirt Daily Newsletter

Techdirt Deals
Techdirt Insider Discord
The latest chatter on the Techdirt Insider Discord channel...