Jan 282011
 January 28, 2011  Posted by  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.”


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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