phone tracker women, UK

British govt eyes ‘walk me home’ phone-tracker to protect lone women

A top British government official is backing a phone company’s proposal for a new tracking service to help protect women walking alone, an idea pitched amid ongoing outrage over the slayings of two young women who were targeted near their homes in London.

The chief executive of Britains biggest phone company, BT, proposed the walk me home service in a letter to Home Secretary Priti Patel.

Once a woman activated an app on her phone, the service would track her journey and send an alert to her emergency contacts if she didnt reach her destination on time, Philip Jansen said in the letter.

In March, Sarah Everard, a 33-year-old marketing executive, was abducted, raped and killed by a serving police officer who was convicted of murder and other charges this month and sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

Primary school teacher Sabina Nessa, 28, was killed six months later as she walked through a park in south London on her way to meet a friend.

Male violence is causing so many people , especially women, to live in fear, Jansen wrote in the Daily Mail. And their parents, partners and friends worry too, more now than ever.

“I am not a politician, I cant change society, but if I can use innovative technology to improve personal safety, then I am determined to do so. he said.

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