Identity politics: Called up

Tracking via mobile phone scares the guilty and innocent alike

IN AMERICA and Britain getting hold of a pre-paid mobile phone or SIM card (which gives a phone its number) requires little or no paperwork. For a small fee, customers can make calls, send texts and access the internet anonymously. Efforts to register users’ names and addresses have stalled. Privacy trumps claims that anonymous phones are tools of terror and crime. The Economist

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