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Controversial Bill Proposed to Regulate Burner Phones in the US

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There Goes the Plot of Every Action Movie Ever.

What is the price of freedom? In a day and age that seems to be constantly ravaged by terror, some politicians call for more drastic measures to ensure the safety of their constituents, but how far are they willing to go?

Known for their practical convenience but also their stealth, “burner phones” are prepaid cellphones that allow users the ability to make calls and stay in touch with peers without the hassle of repeated payments or setting up a cellular plan.

Now, lawmakers in the House of Representatives are directing their legislation towards prepaid phones in the ongoing fight against terror.

burner phone johntroony

Source: Twitter @johntroony

But do you agree with this proposition?

House Representative Jackie Speier (D-San Francisco/ San Mateo) put forward Closing the Pre-Paid Mobile Device Security Gap Act of 2016, a bill that would effectively change the way people use burner phones.

burner phone kellierowe

Source: Twitter @kellierowe

According to Speier, the bill would “close one of the most significant gaps in our ability to track and prevent acts of terror, drug trafficking, and modern-day slavery.”

Currently, burner phones are known for their facility of use and hassle-free policy that allows users a prepaid phone and SIM card to use as they see fit before throwing the device away.

burner phone boyinquestion

Source: Twitter @boyinquestion

Such prepaid mobile devices have been made especially infamous due to their popularity in action movies and TV thrillers, where their purpose is almost always nefarious. This depiction, however, clearly presents a bias against burner phones, whereas many people benefit from inexpensive phones without contracts.