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New Zealand Discusses Mandatory Location on Mobile VoIP Phones New Zealand Discusses Mandatory Location on Mobile VoIP PhonesNew Zealand Discusses Mandatory Location on Mobile VoIP Phones

 

21 February 2012

According to The National Business Review, New Zealand’s Ministry of Economic Development has released a paper contending that power and location services for VoIP devices, as well as SMS emergency, GPS technology in new mobile phones and broadcast text services should be mandatory.
The paper admits that it does raise the specter of government surveillance, the capacity for which would be significantly increased with such a feature. The CEO of the advocacy group Telecommunications Users Association of New Zealand, noted that yes, there are “benefits to both sides” of the proposal to require GPS or triangulation capabilities on all cell phones, underlining that “the issue of international VoIP providers complicated the issue, since few of them would change their policies simply to comply with New Zealand law.”
As The National Business Review commented, “it’s more than likely that the government will, in fact, end up requiring location technology on all new cell phones, whether individuals consider it worth the expense or not.”

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