HC signals for continuing biometric SIM registration

HC signals for continuing biometric SIM registration

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Dhaka – The High Court on Tuesday cleared the path for continuing the SIM/RUIM registration through the ongoing biometric process terming it legal, unb news agency reported.
An HC bench comprising Justice Syed Muhammad Dastagir Husain and Justice AKM Shahidul Huq passed the order after disposing of a writ filed challenging the legality of the SIM/RUIM registration through the biometric process.The HC also asked the mobile operators to strictly follow the directions of the Bangladesh Telecommunication and Regulatory Commission (BTRC) in the SIM registration process, said additional attorney general Murad Reza.
Besides, the HC ordered the use of strong passwords for the safe preservation of fingerprints taken in this purpose, he said.
With the High Court order, there is no legal bar to the continuation of the SIM/RUIM registration through the biometric process, Reza added.
Earlier, the HC fixed April 12 for delivering its verdict on a writ petition filed challenging the legality of the SIM/RUIM registration through the biometric process.
On March 14, the High Court issued a rule upon the authorities concerned to explain why the biometric registration of subscriber identity modules (SIMs) and Removable User Identity Modules (RUIMs) should not be declared illegal.
The Home, Law and Telecommunications secretaries, chairman of the Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BRTC) and mobile phone operators — Grameenphone, Robi, Banglalink, Airtel, Citycell and Teletalk — were asked to come up with their explanations within two weeks.
On March 9, lawyer SM Enamul Haque filed the writ petition with the High Court challenging the legality of the SIM/RUIM registration through the biometric process.
The writ petition was filed on apprehension that one’s privacy and neutrality will be violated in the biometric system.
In the petition, he said subscribers need to give their fingerprints for registration, activation and verification of SIMs and RUIMs as per a BRTC instruction.
The SIM/RUIM registration through the biometric system formally began on December 16 last which is supposed to end within April.

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