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Kenya: authorities want more data from SIM card owners

December 11, 2013 • East Africa, Mobile and Telecoms, Top Stories

Government and telecommunications industry regulator CCK (Communications Commission of Kenya) are scheduled to meet today to discuss revised SIM card registration regulations.

CCK Director General Francis Wangusi. (Image source: Google/youtube.com)

CCK Director General Francis Wangusi. (Image source: Google/youtube.com)

It is expected that the outcomes of the meeting will be a revocation of the legal notice number 1 of 2013 of the Kenya Information and Communications (Registration of Subscribers of Telecommunication Services) Regulations 2013.

Media reports claim the new regulations have been drafted in order to solicit more information from SIM card owners, including physical and postal addresses.

CIO East Africa reports that SIM card holders will also be expected to provide their date of birth and proof thereof.

Mobile consumers will have ninety days to comply with the regulation, after which failure to do so will result in accounts being suspended and service deactivated.

It has been suggested that the new laws have been introduced because of widespread speculation that network operators have allowed and accommodated unregistered SIM cards on their networks.

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