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May 22 2008   12:14PM GMT

Database plans create phone-walking industry

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As the government gears up to introduce a super database containing the details of every phone call and e-mail sent in the UK, shady entrepreneurs are no doubt planning the finer points of a brand new industry in alibi construction.

If the law is happy to determine the whereabouts of citizens based on tracking their phones and other mobile devices, it will only be a matter of time before there is a whole service industry based on providing electronic alibis.

There is bound to be a lot of money to be made from taking someone’s mobile for a “walk” at an agreed place and time. Anyone looking to make a few extra quid on the side should consider phone walking as an option. Dog walking is so passé.

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