Internet phone calls are crippling fight against terrorism

The huge growth in internet telephone traffic is jeopardising the capability of police to investigate almost every type of crime, senior sources have told The Times.As more and more phone calls are routed over the web – using software such as Skype – police are losing the ability to track who has called whom, from where and for how long.The key difficulty facing police is that, unlike mobile phone companies, which retain call data for billing purposes, internet call companies have no reason to keep the material.To read this story in The Times in full, see www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/uk/crime/article4951864.ece.

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