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Mobile Only: Lost and Found

How many smartphones are left in New York City taxi cabs every day? More than you might expect. And that has implications for CIOs.

October 22, 2012 by

ACC and NSW Police ready to run 'Big Brother' spy system

The Australian Crime Commission (ACC) is intending to build a national data interception and surveillance system next year. With the system's request for tender closing today, the NSW Police Force is expected to be watching closely in light of its plans for a similar upgrade next year.

December 13, 2007 by

Statistical spin of the day

So we get a press release today from the Met, entitled: "Mobile phone crime in Capital falls significantly - Latest from New Scotland Yard". Interesting stuff, right?

November 7, 2006 by

Justice department cracks down on crooks' mobile calls

Seven prison inmates in NSW have been given additional sentences after being found with mobile phones, the Minister for Justice John Hatzistergos said today, adding three more are due to face court on similar charges since the new laws came into effect last July.Hatzistergos said inmates have been warned about the possession of mobile phones since the laws against mobile phone possession were enacted, and that the crime is punishable by an extra two years imprisonment.

November 10, 2004 by

UK cybercops get forensics code

Police have been issued new guidelines for gathering computer crime and electronic forensic evidence that deals with handling PDAs and mobile phones and the use of outside expert witnesses in investigations. The revised Good Practice Guide for Computer-based Electronic Evidence has been compiled by the National Hi-Tech Crime Unit and the Association of Chief Police Officers with the aim of assisting the seizure of equipment and data and preventing its corruption.

September 26, 2003 by

Japan: 3G phones to fight crime

Japanese police are encouraging third-generation (3G) mobile phone users to assist them in their fight against crime. Thursday's edition of the Mainichi Daily News reports that officers in Osaka have set up an emergency videophone hotline. They hope that 3G phones users who witness a crime will be able to email an image, or even a video clip of the action, to the Osaka police. Japanese mobile giant NTT DoCoMo launched its 3G service last year. It provides a constant high-speed connection to the Internet, and subscribers will use a smart phone that includes a built-in digital camera. The service is expected to start on 1 April, and the Osaka police are reported to be confident that it will make it easier for them to identify offenders. --Graeme Wearden, ZDUK

March 21, 2002 by

Cell phone thieves could get five years

Britain's most senior judge signals that stealing a mobile phone must become a custodial offence. Lord Chief Justice Lord Woolf has addressed the rapid rise in mobile phone crime by announcing that those convicted of stealing a handset should face up to five years in prison--or even longer if violence is used. Britain's most senior judge also said that mobile phone manufacturers have an obligation to try and make phones less attractive to thieves. The Attorney General had referred the cases to the Appeals Court because he felt the original sentences were unduly lenient--a view shared by Lord Woolf. --Graeme Wearden, ZDNet News U.K.

January 30, 2002 by

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