Thailand to Introduce Facial and Fingerprint Scans for SIM Cards Nationwide

Foreigners buying SIM cards in Thailand will have their faces scanned and matched against their passport photographs

BANGKOK – In a bid to combat electronic fraud, Thailand is making fingerprint scan checks mandatory for all those obtaining new SIM cards. Authorities say the data will be kept “private and safe.”

People in Thailand who want to obtain a new SIM card will be required to undergo facial or fingerprint scans as of December 15, the country’s telecom’s regulator said on Monday.

The nationwide roll-out of the system follows a successful trial run since June in the capital, Bangkok, and Thailand’s restive south, where separatist insurgents have carried out many bomb attacks using mobile phones to trigger the explosive devices, the regulator said.

However, regulatory official Takorn Tantasith said fingerprint registration was being introduced nationwide mainly to enhance mobile banking security.

“This is not aimed at tracking users, but…

Original published: 2017-11-13 05:54:10 Read the full Bangkok News here

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