IN a bid to fight crime and other illegal activities the House of Representatives has approved the proposed SIM card registration.
With a vote of 167-6, House Bill 7233 or the Sim Card Registration Act was approved on third and final reading.
Under the bill, all SIM (Subscriber Identity Module) card users are required to register their SIM cards.
Congress had been bothered by reports that many individuals or syndicates are using mobile phones to perform criminal acts.
Under the proposed law, public telecommunication entities (PTE), or firms engaged in providing telecommunications services to the public or the direct seller, will be mandated to require the end-user of a SIM card to present valid identification with photo to validate the person’s identity.
The PTE or direct seller will also have to require the SIM card end-user to fill out and sign a controlled-number registration form that the former issued.
Likewise, all direct sellers will be mandated to register in the SIM card registration form the full name, date of birth, gender and address of the end-user which appear in a valid government-issued identification document with photo.
Foreign nationals who own a SIM card will be also be required to register their full name, passport number and address in the registration form.
The bill prohibits disclosure of any information in the SIM card unless access to information has been granted by the subscriber upon written consent, or upon a duly-issued subpoena or order of a court upon finding probable cause, or upon written request from a law enforcement agency in relation to an ongoing investigation that the SIM card may have been used to commit a crime.
The PTEs will be required to maintain a SIM card registry and submit the same to the Department of Information and Communications Technology every six months and keep the data of their subscribers.