The U.K. government said it will review the Riot Damages Act to examine the criteria for when compensation is due and prevent fraudulent insurance claims two years after the nation’s worst riots since the 1980s.
BlackBerry smartphone maker Research in Motion Ltd. said it is assisting London police with investigating the use of the company’s messaging service by rioters to plan disturbances, as they prepare for another night of “mass disorder.”
London police will review the role messages sent via Twitter Inc.’s messaging service and other social-networking sites played in two nights of rioting that led to more than 215 arrests and injured at least 35 police officers.
Research In Motion Ltd.’s BlackBerry has become indispensable among executives for its easy-to-use messaging service. That same feature is attracting looters in Britain’s worst rioting since the 1980s.