South Africa postpones new mobile phone data law

The South African government has backed down on proposals to bar access to cellular networks of those mobile phones whose owners have not registered their accounts.

Until this week, it had looked like the 20 million or so South Africans that haven't bothered to register their pre-pay accounts with the government, might lose access to the network.

Vodacom and a number of other South African mobile networks have been opposed to the proposed legislation, arguing that there is no evidence to suggest that a registered mobile will not be used for criminal activities.

I'm inclined to agree, as criminals don't tend to register mobiles under their own name if they plan to use a mobile to assist in their illegal activities.

Especially when it's so easy to falsify the registration details...