Beware Those Evil 3G Phones
from the sigh dept
Last month, we wrote about NCH's incredibly biased survey saying that parents were afraid 3G phones would be used by pedophiles. When you looked at the way the questions were worded, it's no surprise they got the results they did. However, politicians seem to be taking the study seriously. Over in Ireland, they now want to create a national registry of anyone who dares to buy a 3G mobile phone just in case they turn out to be a child pornographer. They admit that those darn GPRS/2.5G phones are a lost cause -- even though many of them have cameras and can do just as much, just at a slower speed. This is a typical political response to a problem. Someone puts out a study that gets whips up people into a frenzy about an issue, and so they come up with some sort of law that makes it look as if they're concerned about the problem. Instead, what we have is a problem that doesn't necessarily exist (certainly, pedophiles could end up using 3G phones, but they can also use the internet, or a regular camera or whatever) and put together a solution that will be expensive, but won't actually do anything to deal with the elements of the problem. As the article points out, someone who intends to use the phone for such purposes will simply give false info, or borrow someone else's phone. The only people this will really impact are tax payers who will have to pay to implement this registry.