Grammatron wrote: Anaxagoras wrote:
Grammatron wrote:Sure, that's the overlap. But I can get a pre-paid phone with cash and who will you be tracking then?
Ah. I see.
But is that the sort of phone that most people actually use?
Couldn't find recent statistics, but no that's not what most people use. Yet I would say it is irrelevant what most people use or don't use. The simple fact that this option exists drastically sets cellphone apart from implanted microchips.
Well it sets those particular kinds of phones apart I guess.
It seems that some people in congress want to end this however.
This article is from 2010:Congress Cracks Down On Anonymous Prepaid Cellphones
Prepaid cellphones have long been used by unsavory criminal types, which is understandable! They're anonymous, inexpensive, and did I mention anonymous already? But now that we know the alleged Times Square bomber one, regulators have gotten out their regulatin' stick.
A new bill was introduced yesterday by senators Chuck Schumer and John Cornyn that would require prepaid cellphone purchasers to show ID at the time of sale. Their information would then be registered with phone companies, permitting law enforcement to keep tabs on them in case of malfeasance.
Some states have already implemented this measure, but the potential terrorism-related uses—in addition to those pre-existing insider trading and drug-related uses—caught the federal government's interest. As it should! If this had been around eight years ago, maybe McNulty wouldn't have been driven to drink so.
The excuse at the time was that a terrorist used one.
And from 2016:Proposed bill would block anonymous sale of ‘burner’ phones in US
Recent concerns over the use of technology by terrorists has prompted a crusade in the government against encryption, but a bill introduced by California Representative Jackie Speier looks to close a different loophole. The bill, if passed, would require retailers to get identification from anyone who buys a so-called “burner” phone. Spier claims unregistered burner phones represent a significant gap in law enforcement’s ability to investigate terrorism, drugs, and human trafficking.
In this context, we’re not only talking about the cheap burner phones you see in movies. The legislation also covers prepaid smartphones and SIM cards. Right now, it’s possible to buy a prepaid phone for cash, then load up on airtime without ever using a credit card or showing an ID. The bill would require anyone purchasing such a product to provide identification. If you’ve tried to purchase a decongestant with pseudoephedrine in the last decade, the process will probably be similar.
Suitable forms of identification for purchasing a prepaid burner would include a federal or state ID, a W-2 tax statement, a form 1099, or any other official document deemed acceptable by law enforcement. The end result is that buying a burner would mean your name, address, and birth date would be entered into a database. This is something law enforcement certainly wants, and it’s hard to deny that it would make investigating crime easier. For example, the terrorists who perpetrated the recent attacks in Paris used burner phones, not encryption to plan their attacks. However, this bill is based on the assumption that a significant portion of burner phones are sold to criminals. In reality, that’s just not the case.
So it isn't the law yet, but some people in congress would like to make it the law. And terrorism will be the wedge they use.
And what happens if you use one of these phones to log into your Facebook page for example?
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