Mobile users required to register personal information
Starting next month anyone purchasing SIM cards are required to present any personal identification. And under new regulations introduced by the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology existing mobile phone users are also asked to register their names and personal details with their phone operators in the next three years.
This move is to crack down and trace text messages and phone frauds that prompted calls for an identification system for phone users. In recent years text messaging spam and scam phone calls have plagued users. Out of 19 million mobile phone users only 5 million are registered, since Shenzhen is a migrant city most people that comes and go in a short period of time prefer to buy pre-paid phone cards because it doesn’t require identification.
Pre-paid cards can be purchased in grocery stores and newsstands making it hard for telecom operators to create a ID based system. Operators are now making plans to deal with pre-paid SIM numbers under and ID system. A telecom expert said that it might take them two or three years to fully implement the ID system, since a number of residents as concern in divulging any personal information worrying about their safety.