Give me your data! Passports to become mandatory when purchasing pre-paid mobiles

In yet another confirmation that the UK is carefully shuffling its way to an Orwellian manifest destiny it has been announced passports or other offical identification will be required when purchasing pre-paid mobiles. Presumably your national ID card would suffice.

The purpose of this new national register is to add the info into the existing terrorism and surveillance database. Apparently pre-paid mobiles are used in terrorist attacks and god damn it we aren't tracing those 40m prepaid mobiles. The Times Online article nails it:

The pay-as-you-go phones are popular with criminals and terrorists because their anonymity shields their activities from the authorities. But they are also used by thousands of law-abiding citizens who wish to communicate in private.

Imagine - prepaid mobiles are also used by law abiding citizens wishing to communicate in private! So by default they are used by criminals and terrorists but a few people also use them to talk about Heroes, when their train is coming in and where to meet for a pint.

The loopholes in the scheme appear to be obvious. We give up our data and our privacy and the terrorists simply do their nefarious prepaid mobile shopping on eBay.

via therawfeed

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  • ID B.
    [...] The Register has reported today that the Home Office denies they have finalised any plan for requiring ID when purchasing a prepaid mobile. The Home Office says they need to consult in order to build a consensus: Of course there is a balance between privacy and our liberty which is why we have said we will be consulting on this and seeking a political consensus. No decisions have been taken and we will be consulting in the New Year. [...]

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