Belgian MPs green-light pre-paid registration bill

22 Jul 2016

Belgium’s parliament has voted to approve the government’s plan to register details of all pre-paid SIM card users in an attempt to crack down on the anonymous use of mobile phones for terrorism and criminal offences. As reported by CommsUpdate in May this year, the legislation, which is expected to be introduced later this year, will cover both new and existing pre-paid SIM cards. New numbers will not go live until the user has registered their details, while existing pre-paid customers will be given six months to confirm their identity or face their number being blocked. Mobile operators will be responsible for ensuring their users register their details and for storing the customer information.