Originally posted by nottelling
I'm surprised you can purchase a pre-paid handset and activate a phone number without ID in the UK.
Here in Australia, they make no bones about it - the reason we need to provide identification when setting up a prepaid 3G account for our iPad or
Nexus tablet or phone or whatever is simply to ensure that if we are "terrorists" the security forces can track and trace us as easily as possible.
I believe it's all based on an Australian commonwealth telecommunications act.
I admit that I'm the one now surprised that Australian
'authorities' are more restrictive with the registration of mobile phones than the UK.
With the UK's surveillance state mentality it is very surprising to me that they are happy to provide anonymous telecommunications services.
Perhaps they figure that they don't need your name and date of birth if they have your IMEI and can triangulate a position fix on your device within
a few seconds for any given call/transmission on the network.
This is my issue with the UK mobile ISP's coercing phone users to register
details before lifting their blanket censorship. They are not required to do this under legislation and there is no need from a 'crime' perspective
due to the security forces ability to trace the handset location if they wanted to.
There are other methods the 'authorities' could employ such as checking CCTV in any one of the 'Paypoint' stores I use to purchase the data
package every month, all digital and time recorded.
We can see then that this insistence for photo ID showing full name, address, date of birth, place of birth, driver number, driving convictions,
passport number and list of countries visited, is solely driven by the corporate mobile industry, not government.
The staff in the relevant stores are not legally prevented from making a decision that a customer is 'over 18' when face to face with someone who is
'clearly and obviously' over legal age.
The demand for ID is an unnecessary 'verification' policy created by the mobile industry.
When I take this all into account, I can only come back to my earlier conclusion that the mobile companies reasons are inspired by the value of
gathering personal data for marketing or advertising, not the 'protection of children' or the 'prevention of crime'.
Either way, since starting this thread I've been using some VPN software as suggested by another poster, and now have full access to the internet
with the ISP still having no idea who I am.
Accessing porn has not been my intention in any of this though, the ISP's have no clear guidelines regarding what they restrict, and this is a sample
of some inappropriate (non-adult content) blocks from
La Quadrature du Net (www.laquadrature.net/en). The website of this French ‘digital rights’ advocacy group was reported blocked on Orange’s
‘Safeguard’ system on 2nd February. La Quadrature du Net has become one of the focal points for European civil society’s political engagement
with an important international treaty called the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement.
Septicisle.info was reported on 7th February, and was blocked on Vodafone, Orange, and T-Mobile. This is a personal blog featuring political opinion
pieces. It does not contain any adult content.
The Vault Bar (www.thevaultbar.co.uk) in London. We established that the home page of this bar was blocked on Vodafone, Orange, and T-Mobile on 6th
St Margarets Community Website (www.stmgrts.org. uk), is a community information site ‘created by a group of local residents of St Margarets,
Middlesex.’ Their ‘mission is simple - help foster a stronger community identity.’ We established it was blocked on Orange and T-Mobile on 8th
eHow.com is an advice and educational site. It provides tutorials on a wide range of everyday issues, from ‘navigating after- school care’ to
‘small space garden tips’.
Biased-BBC (www.biased-bbc.blogspot.co.uk) is a site that challenges the BBC’s impartiality. We established it was blocked on O2 and T-Mobile on 5th
March. It is classified as a ‘hate site’ by O2’s URL checker
Yomaraugusto.com is the home page of a graphic designer, offering a portfolio of his art and design work.
I am finding it very interesting to read about the situations in other countries, so please feel free to contribute your own experiences here relating
to registering pre-pay phones, or indeed the wider issue of censorship and unnecessary demands for personal information by corporate business.
My concern is that we are sleepwalking into a society where private citizens take it as normal to freely supply their personal information to any
arbitrary requests by big business.
Any opinions about this are more than welcome.