Rica now or else...

2011-06-13 11:41

Cellphone users must register with their service providers before June 30 or their SIM cards will be blocked, the department of communications has warned.

“Those who have not registered will not be able to make or receive calls and will not be able to send SMSes or use data,” Deputy Minister Obed Bapela said.

The Regulation of Interception of Communications Act (Rica) requires cellphone users to register with their service providers as well as provide proof of residence and copies of their identify documents.

The act allows for the lawful interception of phone calls, SMSes and emails.

“All of this is in the interest of the individual’s right to privacy and can only be done after authorisation by a judge,” Bapela said.

Rica is applicable to both prepaid and contract users.

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