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Thursday, September 15, 2016

SIM CARD REGISTRATION ACT


GATCHALIAN TO DUTERTE: CERTIFY SIM CARD REGISTRATION BILL AS URGENT


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In light of recent bomb threats thru text, extortion thru text, text spam/scam, and using a cellphone as triggering device in the bombing,  Senator Win Gatchalian urged President Rodrigo Duterte to certify as urgent a bill which mandates the registration of prepaid subscriber identity module (SIM) cards.


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According to Gatchalian, this would help curb increasing number of text message bomb threats in recent weeks.

Gatchalian is the author of Senate Bill No. 203, otherwise known as the "SIM Card Registration Act."

EXAMPLE OF TEXT SCAMS/SPAMS



Since the bombing in Davao City, many bomb scares thru text have caused alarm and panic in different areas in the country.

"Mandatory registration of prepaid mobile numbers will discourage ill-willed pranksters and allow us to punish those who currently perpetrate security scares through text message with impunity. More importantly, this measure will empower law enforcement authorities to trace and suppress legitimate terror threats during these uncertain times," said Gatchalian, a member of the Senate Committee on National Defense and Security.


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Under Senate Bill No. 203
  • All direct sellers of prepaid SIM card must compel buyers to present a valid photo ID before completing the sale
  • The direct seller shall require the buyer to accomplish and sign controlled number registration form issued by the respective Public Telecommunication Entity (PTE) of the sim card being purchased
  • Current owners of prepaid SIM cards would be mandated to register themselves and their mobile numbers within 180 days from the effectivity of the law
  • Existing SIM cards which are not registered within the 180-day period would be automatically scheduled for deactivation.


Penalties Under Senate Bill No. 203

Screen shots from www.senate.gov.ph/lisdata/2362420251!.pdf


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However, Gatchalian assured the public that their cellular data information would still be kept confidential in accordance with the constitutional right to privacy and applicable laws.



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