Privacy proves a high-speed turnoff

08:14, January 11, 2011      

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Controversy over real-name ticketing for high-speed trains is growing as travelers complain that their personal data could be abused.

The system, designed to curb scalping, was tried at 37 railway stations during the Spring Festival peak travel period in 2010. It was extended to Wuhan-Guangzhou and Zhengzhou-Xi'an high-speed trains this year.

Travelers are concerned about potential privacy issues created by the new system.

Yu Xin, a 26-year-old professional in Wuhan, capital of Hubei province, said he bought two high-speed train tickets under the real-name system, which bothered him.

"In the past we didn't have to keep tickets in an especially safe place. I could just keep them in my wallet," he said.

"But now, with names and ID numbers of my wife and me on them, I have to lock them away so other people won't see them and abuse our personal information."

He also said it was inconvenient to bring ID cards to railway stations to buy tickets.

By Wu Yiyao, China Daily

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