Jan 282011
 
 January 28, 2011  Laws, Non-U.S., Surveillance

Kim Tan and Amita Legaspi report:

A senator on Wednesday pushed for the mandatory registration of SIM cards after initial investigations showed that a cellphone was used to detonate the bomb inside a passenger bus the previous day.

“This is a wake-up call,” said Sen. Vicente “Tito” Sotto III during a Senate inquiry on the recent spate of crimes in the country. “We should now ask Telcom companies to register SIM cards.”

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President Benigno Aquino III, however, expressed apprehension over the proposal, noting privacy concerns.

“[The proposal] needs a little bit of study,” Aquino told reporters after attending the 400th anniversary of the University of Santo Tomas in Manila. “There should be a middle ground where the need for security and the constitutional right of privacy can both be respected and addressed.”

He noted that the registration of a person’s SIM card could lead to invasion of his privacy.

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