January 3, 2005

Italian Wireless operators contact their subcribers in South Asia with a message from the Foreign Office

The Italian government has temporarily waived local privacy laws and asked Italian cellphone-service providers to send a text message to about 6,500 subscribers traveling in South Asia, according to a spokeswoman for TIM. (Cellphone-service providers' computer systems typically know where customers are because they track the location of calls made and received.)

The message says: "From the Foreign Office, please reply by indicating your identity, health conditions and location. Thank you," according to the TIM spokeswoman. [via the WSJ]

Related:

-- Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs sends group SMS to Swedes in Thailand and Sri Lanka

-- Irish Department of Foreign Affairs works with operators to locate two missing people

-- Links to all Tsunami/cell phone stories posted in Textually.org.

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