Orange and T-Mobile to hand over rioters' data

Location, call recipients and phone owners identified

Companies pledge to help track down rioters and accomplices.

Everything Everywhere, the parent company which owns Orange and T-Mobile, has confirmed that it is working with police to help catch rioters and looters using their mobiles during the recent riots across the UK.

Invoking the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act (RIPA), police have asked Everything Everywhere to turn over information on phone calls made by rioters, including where the calls were made, who the calls were made to and who the phone is registered to.

Everything everywhere is the second major mobile service provider to pledge assistance to the police, after BlackBerry announced yesterday that they too would be turning over data on users who had used the encrypted BlackBerry Messaging (BBM) service to organise the rioting.