Passports will be needed to buy mobile phones

…and no doubt ID cards at a later stage. Of course it’s all to keep us safe from the ‘terrorists’. Sure it is, but who keeps us safe from the Government?

David Leppard
October 19, 2008

Everyone who buys a mobile telephone will be forced to register their identity on a national database under government plans to extend massively the powers of state surveillance.

Phone buyers would have to present a passport or other official form of identification at the point of purchase. Privacy campaigners fear it marks the latest government move to create a surveillance society.

A compulsory national register for the owners of all 72m mobile phones in Britain would be part of a much bigger database to combat terrorism and crime. Whitehall officials have raised the idea of a register containing the names and addresses of everyone who buys a phone in recent talks with Vodafone and other telephone companies, insiders say.

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One response to “Passports will be needed to buy mobile phones

  1. Mobile phone companies have tended to ask for passports as a means of identification for year and they they keep a copy on file. Having been the subject of an identity fraud with someone using a forged passport which passed the most stringent tests, I can see no benefit. Why? Because all the legitimate people will end up following the rules like sheep, but the ‘bad guys’ will continue to provide excellent forged documents.

    As usual, this type of proposal has less to do with cathching criminals and terrorists, but more to do with controling the public. I am not a conspiracy theorist, but we should all be asking, why do they need this much information?

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