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ERIC Number: EJ782844
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 9
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 33
ISSN: ISSN-0270-4676
Pursuing the Anonymous User: Privacy Rights and Mandatory Registration of Prepaid Mobile Phones
Gow, Gordon A.; Parisi, Jennifer
Bulletin of Science, Technology & Society, v28 n1 p60-68 2008
In recent years there has been concern among law enforcement and national security organizations about the use of "anonymous" prepaid mobile phone service and its purported role in supporting criminal and terrorist activities. As a result, a number of countries have implemented registration requirements for such service. Privacy rights advocates oppose such regulatory measures, arguing that there is little practical value in attempting to register prepaid mobile devices, and the issue raises important questions about a citizen's entitlement to anonymity in the ownership of a networked communications device. This article provides an overview of the issue and presents findings drawn from a recent study on prepaid mobile phone regulation in the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development countries. The article concludes by suggesting that there are significant problems with the claim that mandatory registration of prepaid mobile phone service is a necessary or an effective regulatory course of action. (Contains 1 table, 1 figure, and 4 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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