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El Salvador aims to register nation’s cell-phone lines as measure to prevent extortion

Friday, July 2, 2010


El Salvador has more cell phones than inhabitants. In fact, there are 7.4 million mobile telephone lines for a country of 5.7 million people.
 
However, there´s been an unforeseen consequence of cell phone penetration: the use of cell phones to commit criminal acts, specifically extortions.
 
In response, the Attorney General is calling for a legal reform that would allow for verification of the location of the owners of some 300,000 cell phone lines and request pre-registration with personal information.
 
Original source: Americas Quarterly