Friday, August 18, 2006

So-Called Civil Libertarians Against Registration of SIM Cards and Cellphones

'Hands off our cell phones,' consumer group tells Arroyo -
'Hands off our cell phones,' consumer group tells Arroyo
By Erwin Oliva
Last updated 10:36am (Mla time) 08/18/2006
Editor's Note: Re-posts to clarify designation of TXTPower co-founder in fourth paragraph.
A local consumer group rejected President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo's plan to require mandatory registration of handsets and SIM cards as a way to curb mobile phone theft in the country.
Civil liberties my big fat @rse!

As a victim of two cellphone theft, I am personally behind the initiative to register all handsets and SIM cards.  I'm sure other victims of cellphone theft are also behind these especially the family of those who were senselessly killed during cellphone snatching, robbery and hold-ups.

Where are these so-called civil libertarians when young people are mercilessly killed by cellphone thieves?  Where are they when clueless people are duped by cellphone scammers who pretend to be from the "Philippine Charity Foundation"?  Where are they when a TV reporter got her cellphone stolen, only to find it in Greenhills a few hours later, being sold to her again?

It is a well-known fact that a lot of shady deals happen using prepaid SIMS.  It is a well-known fact that one of the reasons why cellphone theft has became rampant is the easy procurement of prepaid SIM cards.

Following their logic, they should also outlaw the registration of cars and other vehicles since car registrations can also be used to "undertake surveillance on the government's opponents and critics".

Blocking this initiative is not the answer to the concern of these so-called civil libertarians.  There are ways to secure cellphone communications even if both the SIM card and the phone is registered.

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