RCMP Reckons with Mobile Technologies

Royal Canadian Mounted Police say cellphones, text-messaging represent a 'force to be reckoned with' in law enforcement and fighting terrorism.

A Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) report, obtained under that countrys Access to Information laws, says mobile technologies are pressuring law enforcement.

The criminal intelligence brief says "as a communication device in both voice and electronic text-based format, the cellphones ubiquity in the general public becomes a phenomenon to be reckoned with."

The report cites incidents in which mobile technologies have been confiscated for security reasons, including in Britain where mobile phones were confiscated from demonstrators against the war in Iraq.

The brief also notes the use of mobile technologies, including text messaging, in "flash mobs," or ad-hoc gatherings organized via e-mail, text-message or Internet bulletin boards.

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