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House OKs bill on sim card registration on final reading

/ 06:04 PM May 15, 2018
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The House of Representatives has approved on third and final reading a bill requiring the registration of all users of sim cards.

Voting 167-6 without abstention, the lower chamber approved on Tuesday House Bill 7233 or the “Subscriber Identity Module (SIM) Card Registration Act.”

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The proposed measure aims to help law enforcement agencies in tracking lawless criminals who use mobile phones with post-paid and pre-paid SIM cards to pursue nefarious activities such as kidnapping for ransom and petty crimes like theft.

The bill also:

FEATURED STORIES

1. Establishes a system of sale and distribution of SIM card by registering pertinent data in a registration form;
2. Provides for mandatory registration of users who are foreign nationals;
3. Mandates all public telecommunications entities (PTEs) and direct SIM card sellers to establish a register and submit it to the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT);
4. Provides for a confidentiality clause that prohibits disclosure of any information of a subscriber, unless upon subpoena or lawful order from a competent court;
5. Mandates all PTEs to to maintain a SIM card register of their subcribers and submit it to DICT every six months;
6. Mandates registration of exsiting pre-paid SIM card phone subscribers. Failure to do so would result to desactivation of card.

The proposed measure also provides penalties for violations as follows:

1. If committeed by a PTE, the fine is P300,000 fine (1st offense),   P500,000 (2nd offense), and P1 million (3rd and subsequent offenses);
2. If committed by a direct seller, the penalty is suspension of operation and a fine ranging from P5,000 to P50,000.

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