On mandatory SIM card registration

SIM card registration is mandatory in around 90 countries today. Its role in law enforcement, particularly when combating crime and terrorism, is often cited by proponents as sufficient justification for its adoption even sans solid empirical evidence.

Meanwhile, not only is it a costly and difficult endeavor, it also poses numerous risks to data protection and every individual’s right to privacy. This briefing paper discusses the challenges of a SIM registration system in the Philippine context.

Publication date: 2018

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