Creepy: Moscow outfitting metro stations with SIM card snooping machines

Creepy: Moscow outfitting metro stations with SIM card snooping machines
If you think the NSA is spying on your phone with its data aggregation, wait to see what the Russian police has come up with for the Moscow subway stations.

In today's edition of the popular "Izvestia" paper, the head of Moscow Metro Police, Andrei Mokhov, informs us that certain contraptions are about to be installed at stations, that can read the info on your SIM card from about 20 feet or less.

The pretext is that this will allow the police to track phones reported as stolen, when coupled with the time stamp of security cameras. The system automatically alerts the authorities when a lost or stolen SIM number is located nearby.

The system will be using a loophole in the privacy law, which doesn't allow tracking individual people willy-nilly, but doesn't forbid anything about someone else's property, such as carrier SIM cards, either. "According to experts, the devices can be used more widely to follow all passengers without exception," writes the newspaper, which is the real troubling issue here.

via RFE/RL

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5 Comments

1. McLTE

Posts: 922; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

On one hand this is awesome.. what a great way to thwart cell phone theft! Very very good deterrent. On the other hand.. it's obvious, wide spread snooping is not good. Hopefully there can be some way to restrict the 'snooping" to just stolen phones. Large cities like Moscow/NY/LA, need a way to combat the insane rise in cell phone theft. At least Moscow is doing SOMETHING.

2. donfem

Posts: 708; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

But here in the States, government is criticised for the same. A tale of two worlds.

3. Muzhhur

Posts: 261; Member since: Sep 14, 2012

I disagree with those politics, any way they made their own rules, so be aware if you are in Rusia

4. marbovo

Posts: 658; Member since: May 16, 2013

Russion does not have Google, Microsoft or Apple to tell(spy) the government where the people are, so they have to do that...

6. AfterShock

Posts: 4147; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

Do carriers not shut down stolen SIMs? This makes little sense to me

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