Marcos may sign SIM Card Registration Act today, Monday

Marcos may sign SIM Card Registration Act today, Monday

By Liezelle Soriano

MANILA — President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. is set to sign into law the SIM Card Registration Act today, Monday, the Office of the Press Secretary said.

“President Marcos’ decision to approve the measure will significantly boost government initiatives against scams committed through text and online messages, which have become more prevalent this year,” the OPS said

It aims to promote accountability in the use of SIM cards and aid law enforcers to track perpetrators of crimes committed through phones.

Under the measure, all public telecommunications entities (PTE) or direct sellers shall require the SIM card used to present a valid identification document with a photo.

Unless the user grants access, all information entered during SIM card registration will be considered as confidential.

A properly authorized subpoena or court order is also required by law, and it instructs telco companies to provide the full name and address listed on a SIM card registration.

Law enforcement organizations that look into alleged crimes committed using phones may also send formal requests to telco companies asking them to reveal the information of the SIM card holder. (ai/mtvn)

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