Photo credit: GPS Logs from Portland – 2008-2010 – Geoloqi.com by Aaron Parecki
Before April 18, 2012, Mexican Government operated the National Registry for Mobile Users (RENAUT). The main purpose of RENAUT was to register and manage personal data from mobile users for fighting organized crime.
Several factors led to its cancellation, including poor planning and implementation, low participation from users and heavy critics from specialists.
Thereafter, amendments to Federal Law of Telecom, Law for Minimum Standards on Prisons and National Security Law, cancelled RENAUT, and provided for obligation of mobile operators to geolocate, as requested by authorities.
Supreme Court has admitted an unconstitutional action from the National Commission for Human Rights, on the grounds that geolocation from authorities without the previous courts approval, violates human rights, and there are pending amendments to criminal proceeding law.
I am leaving the discussion on criminal law and human rights for specialists.
It came to my attention that resellers and non-mobile telecom services (non-numeric voice services, internet, public telephony, etc.) where left out of this amendment. Technology will outsmart this amendment, since organized crime does not play by the rules by its very nature.
Is Mexico ready for a deeper discussion on resellers and internet? It is very hard to tell. Concession is still a heavy word in Mexico, and license system must be reorganized and simplified, as indicated by OECD report on Mexican telecom industry. ITU conference is happening on December 2012 in Dubai to discuss internet governance.