The Independent – Police shut down tube wifi in response to protests

Big Brother Watch Team / April 17, 2019

In response to planned peaceful protests on the Underground, TFL and British Transport Police shut down the Underground wifi network. Legal and Policy Officer Griff Ferris, said:

“Shutting down digital infrastructure in response to a peaceful protest is deeply authoritarian.

“While the police and transport networks have a duty to keep everyone safe, indiscriminately restricting everyone’s ability to access wifi and communicate on the underground is disproportionate and the kind of action that’s usually only taken in response to terror attacks.

“The authorities should not be using draconian powers to suppress people’s right to peaceful protest.”

 

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