Mexican government about to keeps tabs on phone calls

Mexican government about to keeps tabs on phone calls
This is quite reminiscent of 1984, a novel by George Orwell that tells the story of a country that is utterly controlled by the Big Brother. The Mexican government has now made the first step towards putting some of Orwell´s ideas into practice by preparing to enforce a law that permits keeping tabs on all phone numbers in the country. Just like about anything else in real life, this can cut both ways though. On one hand it could turn out to be a major weapon in the  battle against crime, plus it´s not like Mexico hasn´t got a reputation as a country with flourishing narcotraffic, a large number of kidnappings and organized crime groups. On the other hand, this poses a serious threat to the civil rights of ordinary people.

Mexicans will have to either send their phone numbers and CURP (an analog of the SSN) via SMS to a special number before April 10, 2010 or end up with their unauthorized phone numbers blocked. So, even people using prepaid services are about to lose their anonymity. Carriers are nailed down as well, they should keep track of all phone number information on their part, such as call logs, texts and voice messages and get it safely stored for a year. Certainly, any information may have to be sent over to the authorities at their request.

Actually, the UK Telegraph has recently reported that one of the gifts the Mexico´s President was presented with by HRM Queen Elizabeth II during his state visit to UK was no other but a first edition copy of G.Orwell´s 1984.

What do you think about all this? If such a law is enacted in your owncountry, what would you do? Submit the required information or hit thestreets and strike a picket?

source: Milenio (translated) via Slashdot

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15 Comments

1. SilverPearl

Posts: 31; Member since: Jul 08, 2008

If that happened here, I'd cancel my cell service and write non-stop to the government officials responsible for allowing such a ridiculous law to be passed how awful of a human being they are and how I'd be renouncing my citizenship and moving to another country. Or something like that, but definitely would cancel my cell service.

14. Fanboys Suck

Posts: 609; Member since: Dec 12, 2008

Obama would probably do it. He wants to control and regulate everything else...

2. Osukaru

Posts: 68; Member since: Jul 02, 2008

Wow, Much to hide? lol i wouldnt care. i dont care if they knwo where im at or what im doing got nothing to hide. Who cares if they know who i am when i use my cell, my carrier knows who i am and last i checked the gov can get that info any time they want. So good for them less crime in mexico.

3. Legion

Posts: 397; Member since: Dec 12, 2008

"my carrier knows who i am and last i checked the gov can get that info any time they want" This applies to prepay as well, I fear for our country when people like you will so flippantly cast aside the freedoms that so many have fought and died for.

5. YouLostTheGame

Posts: 441; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

Yeah buddy, you go ahead and let people stomp all over your rights, and as Legion pointed out, the rights that others have given their lives for in defending! As for me, I'll keep my freedoms, money and guns as long as I can and even if/when those are threatened to be taken from me, I'm not going down without a fight! You should be ashamed of yourself for not holding dear the priviledges and freedoms we have in this country; especially with the way our government seems to be growing exponentially every minute (substantial gov't bank stakeholdings, firing CEO's of major corporations, etc)! As for Mexico, everyone already knows that the system in Mexico is corrupt as hell! This is only going to hamper law-abiding citizens and nothing more. You don't think criminals will find a way around this? It's like the idea of gun control - the only people affected are law-abiding citizens, while the criminals find illegal ways (imagine that) around the rules a regulating body has put in place.

6. Osukaru

Posts: 68; Member since: Jul 02, 2008

Hopefully you didnt vote for Obama then since hes try8ign to take away too many freedoms. next thing you know we will all be forced to convert to Islam or die! As for guns Obama wants those taken away from us too....

7. Osukaru

Posts: 68; Member since: Jul 02, 2008

I Completely agree those are our freedoms, and yes i appreciate them but as per me i dont mind if they see what im doing, i have nothing to hide what am i to be affraid of. Our information is already available, the government cana lready know who owns a phone, yes people own prepay and use it cuz they dont have a SSN or have bad credit, so what all they want is information to know who is using the phone. I would rather know im safe rather than wine about someone knowing i own a cell phone. You cant have everything in life. next time they ask me to put a chip in me to track me then ill complain, but the phone is not a part of my body and its not going to affect what i do, if im a criminal i will remain a criminal, if im a law abiding citizen i will continue to be a law abiding citizen. As for freedoms we are alredy loosing them, look at our lovely AntiChrist of a President taking power of even companies, get him fired first i think hes more of a threat to the whole nation if not the world than people knowing i own a cell phone.

8. Legion

Posts: 397; Member since: Dec 12, 2008

I think ender said it best when he quoted BF, Those who give up their liberty for more security deserve neither liberty or security. I.E. YOU.

10. bng

Posts: 107; Member since: Feb 12, 2009

Osukaru u have a point my friend a cell phone isn't part of your body. i also wouldn't mine if they did this in the US (only if the US had as much violence as Mexico) because all i would what is to be safe. yes its violating r rights but sometimes to be safe u have to sacrifice somethings in life...as for Mexico i think this will work for them in there war agents the drug cartels. i a Mexican myself and i hate seeing all those poor Innocent ppl being kidnap n killed.

12. Legion

Posts: 397; Member since: Dec 12, 2008

"yes its violating r rights but sometimes to be safe u have to sacrifice somethings in life" Never compromise, even in the face of armageddon. - Rorshach Id rather die on my feet than live on my knees.

13. Osukaru

Posts: 68; Member since: Jul 02, 2008

I Dont plan to be here for armagedon, rapture should happen before =) good luck if ur still stuck here. It was all your choice.

15. yourmom07

Posts: 66; Member since: Apr 07, 2009

amen to that.

4. ender

Posts: 2; Member since: Apr 16, 2009

They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety... Benjamin Franklin (a Brit quoting an American Founding Father, funny peculiar, aren´t I?)

9. piratejb

Posts: 22; Member since: Jan 08, 2009

who cares its mexico

11. bng

Posts: 107; Member since: Feb 12, 2009

so what if its Mexico if we don't do something the violence can cross the border so don't just say who cares its Mexico the US is also in this (unfortunately) because we have a high rate of consuming drugs like marijuana n cocaine and heroin that the reason all this is happening. and also people from the US are taking weapons to Mexico that r illegal in Mexico and that why you get all those deadly battles between Mexican soldiers and cartels. so both country's are actually in this conflict.

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