A Cell phone jammer is basically defined as a device that stops any communication process within phones. Due to the rising number of mobile phone subscribers, there are also rising concerns such as breach of privacy and cheating at tests in schools. Jammers are also use to disrupt communications by outlaws and rebels, which hampers their illegal and violent operations. There are phone jammers that are designed to stop the remote capabilities of mobile phones from causing improvised explosive device (IED) explosions by terrorists.
Why does the United Kingdom need phone jammers? Since the British troops have fought alongside the coalition forces in wars against Islamist terrorists in Afghanistan and Iraq, they are aware of the bombing capabilities of the militants. British authorities know that terrorists are known to use mobile phones as improvised remote controls to cause explosions. Since the July 7, 2005 bus bombings in London, law enforcement agencies all over the country has sought a need for jammers to keep prisoners from making communications that could lead to their escape. However, the British youth and human rights advocates express their concerns on the proposed widespread use of mobile phone jammers. They fear that the devices could lower the transparency on government activities and suspicious doings by political officials, wherein mobile communication can become useful sources of evidence in fighting political crimes. The youth and human rights promoters add that cutting off mobile phone communications can deprive them of freedom of expression, since Great Britain has a huge population of mobile phone subscribers.
As of now, the British government is taking consideration on the use of jammers in UK prisons. However, they believe that jammers can become a useful tool to protect citizens from various crimes and ensure the security of Britain’s sovereignty. Hopefully when these things are used wisely, British authorities can become heroes of the modern society, just like the fictional super agent James Bond.