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China: Feeling insecure about the mobile phone real name registration

Beginning from today (September 1 2010) mobile phone users in China will have to show their identity card and register their real name when purchasing a new mobile number. It is estimated that there are over 700 million mobile phone subscribers in China, of which 70 percent are using pre-paid SIM cards and hence anonymous users. The Ministry of Industry and Information Technology stressed that the new policy would help the fight against criminal and abusive use of mobile.

However, according to an online survey conducted by ifeng.com, more than 80% of the opinion believes that the real name registration would not solve the existing problem, on the other hand, many netizens believe that the policy will create new problem.

Zhang Lin from hc360.com explains the potential problems of the new policy:

手机实名制的有一个前提,就是公民的个人信息安全。由于我国缺乏类似于《隐私权保护法》或《个人信息保护法》这样的法规,因此不少公司或个人将收集到的他人信息资料拿到市场上贩卖获利。在遍地开花的代理商处购买手机卡时,用户的个人信息基本上难以得到保密,这也是消费者最担心的一个问题。

The precondition of mobile phone real name registration is citizen's privacy. At present, we don't have law and regulation to protect individual privacy and data. That's why many companies would sell individuals’ personal information in the market for making money. We have so many shops that sell mobile prepaid card and it is very difficult to protect mobile users’ personal information if they have to register their identity data. Consumers are very worried about such problem.

造假证者可能会借着手机实名制这个东风大量造假,于是,手机实名制有可能会导致大量高仿真的假身份证的诞生。并且,许多消费者用他人身份证即可办理,运营商为了利益,“暗渡陈仓”,那么,手机实名制的意义则“形同虚设”了!

People who are into the business of making fake ID would make use of the opportunity to make profit. The mobile phone real name registration may even promotes the development of high quality fake ID. Some will use others’ ID to register a mobile phone. For the sake of having more business, mobile phone number outlets may allow that to happen and the real name registration will become a gesture.

Today, the issue mobile phone real name registration (#手机实名制) has become a hottest topic in sina micro-blog. Similar to the survey result of ifeng.com, the majority is skeptical about the new policy:

QQyong:大家来讨论一下今天开始实施的手机实名制吧!就我个人认为此方案实施的初衷是好的,但是为什么不先健全相关法规或条令来维护用户的利益和隐私呢?当然各大运营商肯定会首先站出来保证些什么,申明些什么,但是我想说你们保证用户利益的力度和措施根本不够或不够完善。亡羊补牢?为什么不先防范?

QQyong: Let's discuss the newly launched mobile phone real name registration system! I believe that the intention is good but why don't they pass the legislation that protect user's rights and privacy first? Of course the mobile company would stand out and guarantee the protection of user's interest, but they don't have a system to deal with that. Why can't we have policy to prevent the potential abuse of our data first?

皮卡尔:#手机实名制#凡但做过SP的人都知道,实名制要解决的那些所谓的“问题”,纯粹在扯谈,在实名制的前提下,随便在业内混过一年的人,至少可以举出3-5种方法去继续以前的业务。反而是运营商拿到了更多更详细的筹码,可以卖更好的价钱了。数据库营销商和SP们都已经准备好了钱,跃跃欲试了呢。

Pikaer: Any one who has the experience of mobile service provider knows that the so called problems are purely bullshit. Even junior staff with one year working experience can list out 3-5 method to continue their business as usual. On the other hand, if the mobile number outlets are able to collect more detailed personal data, they can sell them in a better price. The Data outlets and service providers have already prepared enough cash for developing their business.

weiruor:#手机实名制#其实是一个防君子不防小人的伪命题,只要骗子仍然大量存在,只要他们想进行骚扰、想进行行骗,这不是实名制就能解决的问题。再说了,以目前电信运营商们的形象,把个人信息交给运营商就能让人放心吗?因为个别骗子利用手机行骗,就让所有人都实名,这不是瞎折腾嘛…………

weiruor: The mobile phone real name registration is a fake system that target against the righteous ones rather than the bad guys. The swindlers always get around the system to cheat and it cannot be solved by the real name registration. Moreover, with the track record of mobile number outlets, can we trust them with our personal data? In order to target individual swindlers, the whole society has to use real name registration, this is disturbing…

煮不熟的胖饺子:对于手机实名制,我真的也不知道可以说什么了,现在社会上最大的问题是什么,最黑暗最龌龊的事情是什么,所有人都心知肚明,该管的不管,该抓的不抓,就知道变着法子弄我们这些老百姓。要不要以后每家每户都放个监听器,看看会不会有什么反社会的暴力言论?

Fat dumpling: I don't know what to said about the mobile phone registration system. What is the greatest and darkest problem in this society? Everyone knows about that from their heart. They don't deal with the real problem but keep distributing ordinary citizens. Should we all install a taping machine in our house for monitoring anti-social or violent speech crime?

陈虾:感觉手机和网络都搞实名制…让我感觉很不安全

Shrimp Chen: Both the mobile phone and internet real name registration systems, make me feel very insecure.

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