Saturday, April 11, 2009
Hopes for the New Registration
The national cell phone database kicked off yesterday. From now on, anyone acquiring a new cell phone in Mexico will be required personal info, an official ID, a proof of residence, and a digital fingerprint. There has not been, as far as I know, any libertarian backlash against this plan to speak of, but I hope the government takes it upon itself to demonstrate the concrete benefits of such an intrusive program. I won't feel comfortable handing over my info the next time I buy a cell phone, but it will be some consolation knowing that the database has led to a drop in cell phone extortions. Given the regular participation by law enforcement in criminal gangs, I also hope that the press is vigilant in reporting on abuses by the plan's administrators. Finally, I hope that my cell phone, purchased last June, lasts longer than this program does.