Argentina’s National Communications Agency (Ente Nacional de Comunicaciones, ENACOM) has formalised its ‘Regulations for the Identity Validation of Users of Mobile Communications Services’, as it seeks to combat fraud and increase the security of mobile users. All of the country’s mobile operators now have 60 days within which to validate the biometric data of their respective subscription bases. The rule also applies to foreign citizens, who must verify their identities using passports or travel documents.
Introducing the new regulations, ENACOM writes: ‘The expansion of digital technology in the telecommunications scenario was accompanied by the proliferation of criminal manoeuvres that put the safety of citizens at risk. It is ENACOM’s commitment to articulate the necessary legal and technical mechanisms, in coordination with various areas of the national State, to safeguard the security of each and every Argentine.’