Too much information

Posted by Simon Pavitt on Nov 25, 2007

Officials in the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh have stopped a text messaging service that gave out drivers' contact details.

Under the scheme, anyone could send a text to access a vehicle owner's name, address and phone number.

Officials say the original idea was to provide "citizen-centric services" and assist police and investigating agencies: "SMS us the vehicle registration number... and get all the information - vehicle, tax and owner's details etc," read the advertisement put out by the state transport department.

But the facility, launched a year ago, was withdrawn after women complained that they were being harassed by men, and most of the information being sought pertained to young women.

For more info, go to BBC News.

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