U.S. Gov Wants to Track Pre-Paid Phones
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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CTIA to Fight Berkeley Cell Phone Radiation Law
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How many more rights and personal liberities will we lose in the name of terrorism
Watch prepaid sales go WAY WAY down if this happens
Just one more thing...
1). If you are conducting yourself legally, you have nothing to worry about.
2) This is already done with Postpaid. Why should Prepaid be exempt? If you are postpaid, I would be more upset that ...
Sounds good. But where will that stop? If we drop the speed limit to 20 mph. As if it saves just one life????
Come on. Where do the rights t...
Lets just put a barcode/microchip in our right hand/forehead...
If we are not heading this direction I am completely crazy.
I wonder who the Anti-Christ will be?
You're right though, we are heading in this direction. If you study the Bible prophecies you'll see that this is on the horizon. It may not be in our lifetime but it wouldn't suprise me if it did. "Big Brother" has...
While you may Jest, it has been pitched to government by many parents over the last decade, to have chips inserted into infants at ...
...now maybe this'll help authorities put a crimp in drug dealing.
Unless it's pot. I've got no problem with pot. But the hard stuff that kills people? Yeah, I've got a problem with that.
What about the children?
Technically, there already SHOULD be. A minor can't be bound to a contract. Even though prepaid phones don't typically have a yearly term, there are still terms and conditions that are agreed to, which constitute a legally binding contract.
So when this law goes into effect will cell phones be like cigarettes? You can't buy one unless you are over 18?
Its just plain stupid!!!
Guess what a real terrorist is going to steal a phone or figure out how to get one with an assumed name, or do his thing and not care if you have his name, because he blows himself up.
The US can't even keep Millions upon Millions of "Undocumented" aliens with no motivation to kill us out of the country. They have cell phones, drive cars, work all, without real social security numbers. So how are they going to put a dent on motivated homicidal terrorists, or highly motivated criminals use of cell phones. Just attention grabbing idiots along with anyone who think that this is w...
Should be enforced by the carriers anyway
Right to Privacy vs Anonymity
We have a right to privacy, but do we have a right to anonymity? The fact is, the cellular networks we use aren't a God given right. They are a technological innovation owned and operated by private companies. If we want to talk about rights, Doesn't the company who owns the towers, who issues the phone number, who licenses the spectrum, who markets and manages the handsets, have a right to know the name of their own customers?
Noone has a problem with contract customers having their line registered...
First the lady at the BMV told me I have to put this piece of metal on the front and back of my car, just so they knew it was allowed to be on the road and could trace who it belonged to. And now this! What kind of world
Determined wrong-doers that depend on this as their communication can easily buy pre paid phones from other countries and use them on compatible networks here.
Not sure why everyone thinks this is such a big deal. Contract phones have been traceable for ever.
Would you prefer that th...
pay phone next?
nothing to hide, so let them?
so you let them search your car, house, strip search without warrant?
privacy my ass
I'm all for this. Quite frankly the only people that have a problem with this are the ones buying prepaid to use for illegal activities. I've never had anyone object to giving me their information when buying it for
Privacy is either a right, or it isn't
That happens, I'm taking the big sleep.
Seriously? no posts on this?!
is it possible that these terrorists are just determined?
Why not make every wifi hotspot require picture ID to log onto it? Or require you to submit an id when buying food from a store? Sad, sad, sad.