SIM CARD REGISTRATION ACT – President Bongbong Marcos signed into law the bill seeking the mandatory registration of SIM card users, the first law he signed.
The Congress passed the bill seeking to require the registration of SIM card users. A similar bill was vetoed by the previous administration amid issues about the telco subscribers’ privacy but it gained the telco giants’ support. Recently, Malacañang gave a heads up that Pres. Bongbong Marcos is set to sign the bill into a law. Based on a report on Inquirer, a signing ceremony was held at the Palaca’s Ceremonial Hall for the signing of the SIM Card Registration Act, the first bill that the new Chief Executive signed into law.
Mandatory Sim Card Registration Bill Pushed in Congress
Lawmakers Push for Mandatory Sim Card Registration in the Philippines
MANDATORY SIM CARD REGISTRATION BILL – A bill seeking to make the registration of sim card users mandatory is pushed in the Congress.
The advancement in technology has led to mobile phones being one of the things that many people own. In most cases, it is even considered a necessity at home, at work, and in school. It serves the primary purposes of communication, information, and entertainment now.
Philippines is considered the texting capital in the world. The usage of mobile phones require sim cards for call and text purposes and as well as data or internet connections. In the country, there are several telecommunication giants such as Globe, Smart, and DITO.
Amid the massive use of mobile phones in the country, there are also those who used it in ill purposes like fooling others through scams for money. This is one of the reasons behind the push for mandatory sim card registration in the Congress.
Based on a report on ABS-CBN News, the bill seeking for mandatory sim card registration directs telecommunication providers or sim direct sellers for a valid identification document with photo from the user of the sim. It also directs the telcos to release the information in the SIM in case the court will request for it.
Furthermore, law enforcement agencies may also request for information of certain SIM users from the telco providers. According to the report, the said bill gained the support of several telco giants including Globe, PLDT, and DITO.
However, some internet advocacy groups disapprove the bill saying that it may violate the privacy of the user. Reportedly, a similar bill was pushed under the previous administration but it was vetoed by then President Rodrigo Roa Duterte.
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