Thailand calls for mandatory online fingerprint ID system for mobile SIM card registration

November 28, 2016 - 

Mobile operators om Thailand will introduce an online fingerprint ID system for new prepaid and postpaid mobile SIM card registration, with a tentative deadline set for next February, according to a report by the Bangkok Post.

The National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC), however, is asking for all existing mobile users to put their fingerprints in the system on a voluntary basis for their own security benefit.

“We urge all mobile users to participate in the system to ensure greater security of the mobile banking channel and prevent the risk of fraud, which is likely to increase in a cashless society,” said NBTC secretary-general Takorn Tantasith.

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

Through a biometric enrolment process, mobile operators will scan and store each person’s fingerprint records on the NBTC’s secure 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.

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