Congress Wants Prepaid Phone Buyers to Provide ID
A new bill introduced to Congress would require everyone who buys a prepaid phone or SIM card to provide identification, including name, address, and date of birth. The "Closing the Pre-Paid Mobile Device Security Gap Act of 2016", or H.R. 4486, aims to reduce the use of "burner" or anonymous phones sometimes used by criminals and terrorists. As written, consumers will have to identify themselves at the point of purchase. Moreover, retailers will have to verify ID credentials before permitting a sale, as well as maintain a record of the sale, including the sale date, phone maker and model, service provider, phone number, IMEI, serial number, and other phone details. The bill was introduced by California Representative Jackie Speier. The idea is to reduce ways for people to use untraceable cell phones in the pursuit of illegal activities.
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Bad Idea and will create more problems
Also, what if I buy a phone that is then registered to me and then sell it on eBay, and then the buyer uses ...
Stupid idea, that wont do what they think...
And Congress already did this with prepaid credit cards, because so many international terrorists finance their American jihad with Russel Simmons prepaid cards.
Funny how Mohammed Atta got an international wire transfer for $100,000 from the head of the pakistani ISI, when you would have thought he would just fed-ex'ed a big box of prepaid credit cards. Wonder how he physically received the cash from that wire? Oh... Shh.
So yeah, I'm betting i...