Gizmodo reports that Spain is the latest country to require identification from phone owners. Last month, Mexico began creating a national fingerprint database of all cell phone owners. In October, the Times UK revealed a massive surveillance plan by the British government to create a national database filled with mobile phone users’ passport or other identification data. Japan is also seeking to identify mobile phone users.
Spain will disconnect all pre-paid phone lines that aren’t registered with the owner’s personal information […]
They want pre-paid phones to be associated with the user’s personal information, including name, address, and national ID numbers (the equivalent to the Social Security number in the US). The new law also requires operators to register every single call made and hold the information for a year.
The original report from El Mundo (in Spanish) is here.