It emerged yesterday that the Government is to tag an amendment to a bill currently going through the Dáil [Criminal Justice (Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing) (Amendment) Bill 2013], in which it will create powers which allow parts of mobile phone networks to be shut down.
According to RTE.ie:
It's all related to the upcoming G8 summit (which, while taking place in Fermanagh, is nonetheless taking place in a different jurisdiction).Under the amendments, a direction may be issued to mobile phone service providers to shut down services in areas where there is deemed to be a threat to life or property, in limited areas.
Is this appropriate?The minister said it was possible terrorist groups may use the G8 Summit to garner publicity for themselves, but that was not to ignore the very real danger of loss of life if such a device were successfully detonated
Is this big brother gone mad?
Has the Minister been put under pressure to introduce these laws?
New law would allow for mobile phone shutdown - RTÉ News