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Fingerprint could be must for new SIM

The Department of Telecommunications (DoT) is examining a proposal to replace the mandatory physical verification system for new mobile subscribers with fingerprints or any other biometric feature before activating their numbers.

Mail Today Bureau | August 8, 2013 | Updated 10:03 IST

The Department of Telecommunications (DoT) is examining a proposal to replace the mandatory physical verification system for new mobile subscribers with fingerprints or any other biometric feature before activating their numbers. This is aimed at checking mis-use of SIM cards.

Minister of state for communications and IT Milind Deora on Wednesday said that DoT recently received a suggestion from the Ministry of home affairs (MHA) that a central database be maintained by DoT of all subscribers. Th e-database will maintain biometric parameters similar to the Unique Identification Authority of India's Aadhaar system.

"As per this proposal, this would entail taking fingerprints, thumb impression or any other unique biometric feature of the subscriber when they apply for a mobile connection," Deora said in a written reply to the Lok Sabha.

Deora added that the suggestion is being examined by DoT The MHA further suggested that DoT may also link the central database with the National Intelligence Grid to keep it at one place from national security point of view. Once the proposal is cleared, telecom companies will have to put in stringent norms for allotting new connections with finger-prints or biometric features before activating numbers.

The system of issuing SIMs was tightened a little after 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks when investigators found that the Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorists had used Indian SIM cards procured by their local contacts using forged documents.

Courtesy: Mail Today 

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