When the government launched a nationwide campaign to register cellphones, millions of Mexicans refused.
Some said they were convinced that the government would use the information to spy on dissidents or anyone else out of favor. Others said they feared the information would end up in the wrong hands.
They were proved right last month when the confidential data of millions of Mexicans from official state registries suddenly became available for a few thousand dollars at Mexico City's wild Tepito flea market.
See, now I understand why they prefer to remain undocumented. No reconquista, they just want to be left alone . . .
All kidding aside, I think the Mexicans are on to something. Giving personal data to el gobierno is asking for trouble.
I still haven't returned my census forms.