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China Requires a Real ID for Cell Phone Purchases

On September 1, China launched a "real-name cell phone number" system. If anyone purchases any mobile phone, he must register his ID card information. Authorities say that the purpose of the new measure is to crack down on SMS spam, fraud, and pornographic mobile phone websites. However, people worry that the new measures will actually increase the risk of abuse of personal data.
Source: Asia Times, September 1, 2010