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DoT mulls fingerprint for new SIM card

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, August 07, 2013
First Published: 23:57 IST(7/8/2013) | Last Updated: 23:58 IST(7/8/2013)

The department of Telecommunications (DoT) is examining a proposal to make it compulsory for mobile operators to take fingerprint of customers at the time of receiving application for a new mobile connection.

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The minister of state for communications and IT Milind Deora on Wednesday informed Parliament that the ministry of home affairs (MHA) has suggested DoT that it should maintain a database of biometric parameters of all the subscribers.

“As per this proposal, this would entail taking fingerprint/thumb impression or any other unique biometric feature of the subscriber when he/she applies for a mobile connection,” said Deora in a written reply to the Lok Sabha.

Deora said that the MHA suggestion is presently being examined in DoT and decision on the same is yet to be taken.

The MHA wants to ensure that the mobile phones are not used by terrorists for anti-national activities.

In order to strengthen the rules for taking a new mobile connection, the DoT last year came with tough guidelines that called for physical verification of facts provided by the subscriber.

Under the new rules, the authorised person selling SIM cards has to give an undertaking that he has seen the applicant and matched the photograph attached on the application form.

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