Geotime software, bought by the Met, collates data from social networking sites, satnavs, mobiles and financial transactions.

This article titled “Police buy software to map suspects' digital movements” was written by Ryan Gallagher and Rajeev Syal, for The Guardian on Wednesday 11th May 2011 11.00 UTC

Britain's largest police force is using software that can map nearly every move suspects and their associates make in the digital world, prompting an outcry from civil liberties groups.

The Metropolitan police has bought Geotime, a security programme used by the US military, which shows an individual's movements and communications with other people on a three-dimensional graphic. It can be used to collate information gathered from social networking sites, satellite navigation equipment, mobile phones, financial transactions and IP network logs.

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