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[liberationtech] Azerbaijan wants to register mobile phones

planetary i/o planetary at plntry.net
Mon Jan 9 15:40:34 PST 2012


It's more a function of law enforcement friendly corporate policy, and
seems to vary in the field based on retailer / employee compliance to such
policies (shift-by-shift, in effect).  Some of the retailer checkout &
provisioning tools appear to have better corp policy compliance controls
than others.

On Monday, January 9, 2012, Andrew Lewis <andrew at pdqvpn.com> wrote:
> In a semi related thought I am currently traveling the EU with UK being
the easiest so far to get a sim card, and fonic in Germany allowing you to
register online with fake information.
>
> Might the whole ID card in the US be a state by state thing? I could see
individual states requiring it as a measure related to fighting drug sales.
> Andrew
>
> Sent from my iPhone
> On Jan 9, 2012, at 10:49 PM, planetary <planetary at plntry.net> wrote:
>
> It might have had to do with the retailers being in close proximity to
major military installations, and tense heavily trafficked border crossings.
> We did misspeak a bit there - we were asked for SSN, but allowed to buy
with a visually validated US state drivers' license / #, provided said
matched the credit card.
> Credit card seems to almost always be the underlying basis of trusting
our legal identity for corporate policies in the US, as it is often
presumed in their risk modeling that the financial institutions' chain of
legal ID validation can be relied on reasonably more than their direct
authentication.
>
>
> On Jan 9, 12, at 2:38 PM, Jillian C. York wrote:
>
> That's odd.  I certainly know folks without SSNs (e.g., international
friends visiting the US) who have succeeded in purchasing OTC prepaids, but
I'm guessing they required a credit card.
>
> On Mon, Jan 9, 2012 at 2:02 PM, planetary <planetary at plntry.net> wrote:
>>
>> Anecdotally, we've bought or attempted to buy packaged OTC prepaids on
five of the US national carriers in the last quarter, held up for SSN each
time no matter the retailer or venue or channel.
>
>
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