Iwas text scam: Privacy Commission defends proposed law requiring SIM card registration
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Iwas text scam: Privacy Commission defends proposed law requiring SIM card registration

The National Privacy Commission (NPC) on Thursday (Dec. 9) defended the proposal to require all mobile users to register their numbers under a national database of SIM cards.

Privacy Commissioner Raymund Liboro said it’s a concrete effort to crack down against text scams and other mobile-based type of fraud, as one can automatically know who’s behind a text or call with a questionable offer.

“The bill includes a confidentiality clause that prohibits disclosing any information of a subscriber, unless upon subpoena or order from a court or written request from a law enforcement agency about an investigation that a particular number is used in the commission of a crime,” Liboro said in a statement, assuring that data privacy will be upheld despite the existence of a national database of mobile phone numbers.

“Under these circumstances the need to know-your-customer or know your caller becomes imperative not only to protect the public from ICT-enabled scams and frauds, but more importantly to build consumer and business confidence to engage productively in the digital economy,” he added.

“The final version of the proposed law, after undergoing Senate procedures and bicameral committee consideration, where applicable, must clearly articulate the requirements for the implementation of data security measures by entities identified to handle SIM-card registration and that these entities be held accountable for any violation of data privacy rights under the DPA, (Data Privacy Act),” the NPC said.

 

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