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Ukraine could introduce sale of SIM cards with passport

Source : 112 Ukraine

The bill authors believe that the identification of users of electronic communications services should improve the protection of personal data
17:11, 12 August 2021

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Ukraine could introduce the sale of SIM cards with a passport. The Committee on Digital Transformation has published a draft law on strengthening identification for electronic communications services. The Committee on Digital Transformation of the Verkhovna Rada stated this on the website.

The committee assures that the identification of users of electronic communications services would improve the protection of personal data and counteract the frauds.

"Given the rapid development of the digital economy, customer identification is becoming an important component of building an effective security system to protect users' personal data. Many people already use Internet banking, receive documents on their mobile phones, order goods and services online. At the same time, the risks of fraud increase too. Theft of phones with personal data stored in them has led to regrettable situations with bank accounts, " the statement said.

If the bill is approved and approved, SIM card holders and other persons to whom electronic communication services are provided will be required to identify themselves in accordance with the rules for providing and receiving services.

"Taking into account the significant number of subscribers who receive electronic communications services without a written contract, the bill proposes to provide a transition period until January 1, 2025, during which subscribers who received electronic communications services under the agreement concluded before the entry into force of this Law in any other form, without identification at the provider of electronic communication services, will be able to identify themselves," the authors of the bill noted.

The bill has not yet been discussed in the Verkhovna Rada, so amendments and proposals on this idea can be made until August 21 this year.

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