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U.S. Gov Wants to Track Pre-Paid Phones

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May 26, 2010, 12:32 PM   by Eric M. Zeman   @phonescooper

A new bill unveiled by U.S. lawmakers today takes aim at the anonymity of pre-paid cell phones. The bill would require buyers of pre-paid cell phones to show proof of identity when purchasing new phones, and the service provider would be required to retain that information so phone users can be identified more easily. Pre-paid cell phones can often be purchased with cash and without a credit check. New York Senator Chuck Schumer said, "This proposal is overdue because for years terrorists, drug kingpins and gang members have stayed one step ahead of the law by using prepaid phones that are hard to trace." Schumer pointed out that the alleged Times Square bomb plotter, Faisal Shahzad, used a pre-paid cell phone, meaning his identity could not be discovered through cell phones records as it is with post-paid users. Senator John Cornyn added, "While most Americans use pre-paid mobile devices lawfully, the anonymous nature of these devices gives too much cover to individuals looking to use them for deviant, dangerous means." The bill needs to be ratified by congress before it could become law.

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How many more rights and personal liberities will we lose in the name of terrorism May 26, 2010, 1:54 PM
Watch prepaid sales go WAY WAY down if this happens retrocool May 26, 2010, 4:54 PM
Just one more thing... Researcher May 26, 2010, 12:51 PM
Lets just put a barcode/microchip in our right hand/forehead... justfinethanku May 26, 2010, 4:12 PM
Excellent... muchdrama May 26, 2010, 10:08 PM
Track This!!!!!!!!!!! Mark_S May 27, 2010, 12:42 PM
this is bullsh*T furl23rd May 26, 2010, 3:41 PM
What about the children? mkl4466 May 26, 2010, 10:38 PM
Its just plain stupid!!! mbrenner May 27, 2010, 12:33 AM
Should be enforced by the carriers anyway mkl4466 May 26, 2010, 11:05 PM
Right to Privacy vs Anonymity mkl4466 May 26, 2010, 10:52 PM
Ridiculous! SEM May 26, 2010, 2:29 PM
Loophole anonymon33 May 26, 2010, 2:31 PM
pay phone next? netboy May 26, 2010, 1:55 PM
privacy my ass edzero May 26, 2010, 2:17 PM
Privacy is either a right, or it isn't retrocool May 26, 2010, 4:56 PM
Seriously? no posts on this?! The_Anarkissed May 26, 2010, 12:52 PM
Wrong answer... kingstu May 26, 2010, 1:19 PM
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