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A suspect is arrested

Drug dealing

A gang trafficking in drugs is very careful to conceal their movements. Whenever an identified mobile phone is turned on, it’s possible to record the handset location.

Many people will agree that electronic surveillance and wire-tapping is a good thing, when it uncovers criminal activity and brings offenders to Court. However, some people think the authorities have gone too far. Read about Project Echelon.

Question: The drugs gang knows that the mobile phone network can track their movements, if they always use the same handsets.

  • What could the gang do to make the information collected useless?
  • Does police access to mobile phone call records really help, if criminals are clever and determined to avoid detection?

A criminal may be clever about phone calls, but careless about the contents of emails.


Do you think anyone is checking your personal emails?

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