China Begins Asking For ID Log From Cell Users
September 1, 2010
(ChattahBox) – China has announced today that they will be implementing a long-threatened measure of requiring identification to be verified when purchasing a mobile phone service, a plan which will be difficult to utilize on what is the largest mobile market in the world.
According to the Wall Street Journal, anyone who is new through the three major telecommunication providers in the country will have to provide identification, which will then be logged into their file. This is part of a wider measure to also strip anonymity from the Internet, with the government phasing out prepaid ISP’s in order to force users to log in with a real name to surf the web, or post online.
Such measures have been suggested elsewhere, as well. A joint Democrat-Republican backed bill suggested recently that anyone buying a prepaid phone should show an ID, to phase out the use of cell phone by criminal organizations or terrorists. There have also been calls in the past to force people to use their real names when posting online.
Both suggestions have been criticized by privacy groups.