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The European Union is secretly developing a "remote stopping" device to be fitted to all cars that would allow the police to disable vehicles at the flick of a switch from a control room.
Confidential documents from a committee of senior EU police officers, who hold their meetings in secret, have set out a plan entitled "remote stopping vehicles" as part of wider law enforcement surveillance and tracking measures.
"The project will work on a technological solution that can be a 'build in standard' for all cars that enter the European market," said a restricted document.
STRASBOURG -- A secret committee of senior police officers in the European Union is working on a project that would mandate installation of remote control devices in automobiles that would permit police to disable them at the push of a button. The devices, which would be standard-issue on all cars in the European market, would be activated by a police officer working at a computer station in a central headquarters.
On the one hand, dangerous police car chases or stopping a drunk driver might save a few lives, while on the other it can easily be misused to bring about the demise of certain targeted journalists for example in many countries.