3 million Saudi mobile phone connections cut due to fingerprint law

Law is meant to protect personal information of SIM cardholders, prevent use of fake or stolen identification cards
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By Staff writer
Mon 25 Jul 2016 02:03 PM

Around 3 million mobile phone connections have been disconnected in Saudi after users failed to register their fingerprints in line with the new security measure instated by the Communications and Information Technology Commission (CITC).

A CITC reported revealed subscribers decreased from 54 million in 2011 to 51 million in 2016 following the expiration of the fingerprint registration on July 20, reported the Saudi Gazette.

The deadline had already been extended for both post-paid and pre-paid customers.

The new law which was announced in September last year is meant to protect personal information of SIM cardholders and prevent buyers from obtaining mobile phones using fake or stolen identification cards.

The fingerprint data will be shared with the Kingdom’s National Information Centre in order to identify the SIM card buyer.

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