Met officials have been discussing options to build an online system that can receive images, video and audio content in a bid to increase measures to deal with digital evidence captured and submitted on smartphones -- your phone vids will turn you into a supergrass.
After the wealth of digital evidence that was captured by the public during the recent London riots, the Met is coming up with a new system to help deal with smartphone-captured evidence. The new system is being implemented in response to the fact that existing measures were not able to properly deal with the massive quantity of evidence that was created.
Nothing final has been decided yet, and the system could be used in a multitude of different ways depending on the situation that the police are dealing with. Officers could appeal to the public to submit photos and videos to deal with a situation, or could pull down content from sites like YouTube to be then categorised on the system. It seems like a positive step for the police, but I do wonder how long it will take for the system to be exploited in one way or another. Time will tell. [The Telegraph]