The UK government has retracted plans to make all consumers purchasing a mobile or a SIM card register on a national database, following stiff opposition from the general public.
After an online petition was signed by 266 people, the government released a statement saying that it had "no plans to require owners of mobile phones to be registered with statutory authorities".
Privacy International, which instigated the petition, had claimed that government was in the process of creating new legislation that would ostensibly be used to combat terrorism and organised crime, but would also infringe on the rights of average phone owners.
The government admitted that it had been in consultation as to how to improve public protection, but said it had "rejected an option for a single database holding all communications data".
In other nations there are rules which require anyone purchasing a mobile phone or an active SIM to register their personal information on a central database.
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