The real concern is that creating a link between a mobile phone number and a web browsing history (plus a physical location) will open the door to a bunch of cops who drag you away.
Over the next five years Beijing will get 480,000 free Wi-Fi hotspots, but using them will require a mobile number and an agreement to have your activities tracked and monitored. The network is being put together by China Mobile, China Unicom and China Telecom, and will be free to use for least the next three years. However, …
McDs are already offering a free Wifi service in China, although it is time limited, and not all McDs are offering it (yet); and handing over a phone number is a legal requirement by the Chinese for all these schemes.
I used the McD scheme, despite not eating their food (which is ever worse than the UK version), in Guangzhou a few months ago, and yet to have any adverts turn up on my phone; except from Orange UK who want to review my call plan every 4 weeks.
Every runs China down, but it does have its up sides; for one, some of the cake stores are open 24/7 !!!
Mines the jacket made by "Redok" with the "Sone" portable TV and Suzili bike keys in the pocket.
As already mentioned, Macs already record your phone number, and also Starbucks (at least here in Beijing) now does this as well.
I'm just more careful where I visit using these, though I also tend to use a VPN about 95% of the time these days, as so much of the net is blocked otherwise.
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