Biometric Device to Prevent SIM Card-Related Crimes


The Communications and Information Ministry and Indonesian Telecommunications Regulatory Body (BRTI) vow to strengthen the security of prepaid SIM cards for cellular phones by using biometric technologies. The member of BRTI, I Ketut Prihadi Kresna Murti, on Wednesday (1/22), said that the implementation of biometric data collection during a prepaid SIM card registration would start this year. Previously, the cellular operators would only ask for the user’s identity number (NIK) and the number of the family card during registration.

In the future, the cellular operators could freely choose what kind of biometric method they want to apply during the registration process, whether using facial, retinal, or fingerprint imaging. It applies not only during the registration of a new car but also during the SIM card replacement process. Meanwhile, the users who have already registered with their identity and family card numbers do not have to re-register using biometric technology.

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