An eighteen year old from Essex was charged with using BBM to encourage others to take part in the riot. While one of the first, there’s also a Southampton man, aged 27, who was also charged for the same thing. What are the details?
In England, the BIS service is cheaper than texting and teenagers account for 37% of the market. The police already have the powers to access stored data and monitor social networks in real time under the Police and Criminal Evidence Act, and the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act. The eighteen year old and 27 year old were accused of intentionally encouraging or assisting in the commission of an offence under the Serious Crime Act 2007. BBM is a great social medium, and can be abused as well according to the events.
RIM had offered to help the police and investigations as much as they could. David Lammy the Labour MP of Tottenham, called for BBM to be shut down during the heat of the riots.
Whether RIM assisted with the investigation or the charged suspects had openly admitted to someone else isn’t known at this time, but BBM was part of the charge.
If RIM did assist the police with investigations and hand over the BBM records, how secure is that, and what about the freedom of speech? How do you feel about the incident? How do you feel about a social medium such as BBM being used to plan and encourage such random acts?
[via: The Telegraph]