Passports will be needed to buy mobile phones in UK
Want a new prepaid mobile phone in Britain? Are your papers in order, sir/ma'am? I hope so, because Whitehall plans on requiring passports for folks who want to buy mobile phones.
Despite consistently losing private data, the UK still thinks it can manage yet another massive database. I consider myself an optimist, but... c'mon. The word "butterfingers" comes to mind. Glad I still have my old UK mobile number, which I keep active by sending and receiving text messages once in a while. It's like keeping a tamagotchi.
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.
However, the following raised my eyebrows much higher:
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.