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Thursday, 02 September 2010 09:36

Chinese want to know who is using a mobile

Written by Nick Farell

Demands real names used in mobile phone registeration
Republic of China is demanding that mobile phone customers register their phones using their real identities. Apparently the government wants to reduce anonymity among the country's 800 million mobile users.

All carriers are to adopt the real-name registration system starting this month. Within three years, the carriers must also register the real identities of all sers.

While this has been a policy for a while, it has not been enforced. You could pick up an account on a street newsstands and now these will be prohibited from selling SIM cards.

IT World said that the Chinese government is also taking steps toward an Internet real-name system. Buying mobile cell phones and posting to web forums would be covered by such a system.

Last modified on Thursday, 02 September 2010 09:49

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+2 #1 LuxZg 2010-09-02 11:01
Except that this could be misused in China to prohibit freedom of speech, this is actually not a bad thing IMHO.. There is huge increase in illegal activities being conducted around the world under cover of anonymity that pre-paid SIM cards offer to virtually anyone. You give a call here and there, and if cops are on your trail you just throw it away, and again no one know who you are.. I'm just worried that China will use it for more than just that.. :/
+6 #2 BorgOvermind 2010-09-02 11:42
Not to worry. The same rules will apply in the US also soon enough.
+4 #3 magius 2010-09-02 14:57
@LuxZg: China will use it for more than that. That's a fact.
As for illegal activities, it is rather naive to think that forcing someone to use their real name will solve anything. The only way would be for everyone to have a completely unique name (I shiver at the thought of John Smith-100000000) and for them to somehow guarantee that said name won't be stolen or falsely used.

That's all we need, to worry about someone using a stolen id to commit some felonies and ignorant law enforcers dropping on your door assuming it was you.
+1 #4 FistOfGod 2010-09-03 09:14
Thank god ID theft never happens these days. Otherwise we'd be in so much trouble!

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