Need a SIM card in Thailand? Then get set to be fingerprinted

by

Pankaj Kumar

- November 30, 2016


Thailand has 103 million mobile subscribers, 14 million of whom use mobile banking services

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Mobile operators in Thailand present an online unique mark ID framework for new paid ahead of time and postpaid portable SIM card enrollment, with a tentative deadline set for next February, according to a report by the Bangkok Post.

The National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC), be that as it may, is requesting all current portable clients to put their fingerprints in the framework on a willful reason for their own particular security advantage.

“We ask every single portable client to take an interest in the framework to guarantee more noteworthy security of the mobile banking channel and prevent the risk of fraud, which is probably going to increment in a cashless society,” said NBTC secretary-general Takorn Tantasith.

Through a biometric enrolment process, mobile operators will scan and store every individual’s unique finger impression records on the NBTC’s protected database server, said Mr Takorn.

The NBTC’s telecom committee originally approved the plan to use a fingerprint registration system in September. The NBTC selected a fingerprint enrolment system which was developed by the Engineering Faculty of Kasetsart University. The school won an auction held by the NBTC offering to supply the system for 15 million baht.

The government will ensure that the fingerprint system would not create a financial burden on mobile operators as this investment can be deducted as a business expense from the Universal Service Obligation (USO) fee operators pay annually to the NBTC.

Banks and portable administrators have progressively been asked to help the benchmarks for client verification frameworks in an offer to avoid misrepresentation through versatile saving money exercises — presently a standout amongst the most well known versatile administrations.

As per the Bangkok Post, the arrangement was initially reported in August after an infamous case in which a man was victimized of about 1 million baht from his financial balance mobile banking. Phansuthi Meeluekij said the culprits utilized a fake ID to get his mobile operator to issue a trade SIM card for his telephone number The thieves then changed the password of his Kasikornbank   mobile banking account and transferred all his money out.

The case raised worries about the new national Prompt Pay framework, which the administration and private part was set to dispatch a month ago before all of a sudden putting it on hold until some time one year from now.

The fingerprint identity framework was recommended by Takorn, who not long ago started discussion by calling for following the areas of outsiders with an extraordinary SIM card. The plan soon stalled.

 


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