South Africa: Cellphone owners must register

source: Fin24
2009/06/30 10:26:00 PM

Cape Town – All cellphone SIM cards will have to be registered in terms of legislation coming into effect on Wednesday.

The Regulation of Interception of Communications and Provision of Communication-Related Information Amendment Act (Rica) aims to help law enforcement agencies investigate and combat serious crime, Justice Minister Jeff Radebe said on Tuesday.

It would ensure that the identity and whereabouts of the owner of a SIM card who uses a cellphone in planning and executing a serious crime was known, he told a media briefing at parliament.

Cellphone service providers would, from July 1, be prohibited from activating a new SIM card unless [continue reading]



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