Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Gathering phone users’ personal info a tough task: Vietnam telcos

VietNamNet

The Ministry of Information and Communications (MIC) has ordered all prepaid subscribers to register their SIM cards by providing their name, date of birth and ID card or passport number by Tuesday, June 30. The move is part of an effort to track down companies and individuals who send out large volumes of unsolicited text messages and to hold them accountable.

Network providers have been sending text messages and calling customers to inform them of the registration guidelines.

Nguyen Viet Dung, deputy director of military-owned Viettel Telecom that provides Viettel network service, said the company will complete registration of all its users by the deadline. Officials from the MobiFone network, under the Vietnam Post and Telecommunications Group, have said they too will make the deadline.

Meanwhile, representatives of Vinaphone, also under the Vietnam Post and Telecommunications Group, report 600,000 of their prepaid subscribers have not registered their SIM cards and are “unsure” about meeting the deadline.

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