Stakeholders debate legality, efficacy of South Africa’s biometric SIM registry proposal

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27 June 2022, Chris Burt, Biomeric

Investigative journalist organization amaBhungane warned of surveillance creep and suggested that the registration exercise is not an effective way to deal with SIM swaps. Media Monitoring Africa (MMA) noted the recent blockage of a similar plan in Mexico by that country’s Supreme Court. The group said a human rights impact assessment should be performed, and that Icasa should engage with South Africa’s data protection authority.

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