the focus of government surveillance but the police are increasingly
interested in data mining techniques to uncover patterns of
association. Simple data, when stored, aggregated and analyzed using
sophisticated computer algorithms, contains far more information than
is commonly appreciated. Collating mobile phone numbers, and the data
retained by network providers, can provide the police with a powerful
incite into our networks of associations. This is not only an invasion
of our privacy but may also threaten our ability to work together
them during stop and search. As well as browsing through people
phonebooks and text messages, they were typing *#06# to get the phones
unique serial number (IMEI). They would then look up the registered owner of
phone then threaten the holder of the phone with being arrested on suspicion of theft if they refused to prove that they were the owner of the phone by revealing their identity.
To reduce the ability of the police to steal our identities and learn
more about our social networks, please consider the following advice.
Mobile phones are useful tools for communicating and organising - we do not advise you to leave them at home. You will find them essential for staying informed and informing others. However...
Copy the entries in your phonebook and leave it at home.
Delete from your phonebook all but the numbers that will be essential during the week.
Rename those contacts to remove surnames, perhaps using code names instead.
Erase your sent and received call logs and text messages and do repeat this regularly.
Make use of the security features of your phone so that a PIN code is required to access any of its features.
There are generally two types of security on mobile phones, the PIN that protects the phone and PIN2 that protects the SIM card so it can't be used in another phone without the code. It may be a little inconvenient to have to type in the number each time but it's better than allowing the cops to browse through your phone book, call logs and messages.
If you can't set your phone to require a PIN code each time it is used, simply switch off your phone when it looks like a police stop and search is likely.