Govt decides to fine Tk 3 billion for misuse of subscribers’ fingerprints

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Dhaka, April 4: The cabinet on Monday has decided mobile operators will have to pay a fine of up to Tk 3 billion if found misusing of subscribers’ fingerprints secured during registration.

This decision was taken during Monday’s cabinet meeting chaired by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina held at the secretariat.

“The Cabinet has assured citizens there will be no misuse of biometric details like fingerprints.  We have given our fingerprints and you (reporters) can also assure the people that they have nothing to fear,” Cabinet Secretary Mohammad Shafiul Alam told reporters after the meeting.

“If it’s misused, operators will face massive punishment. They will have to pay fines up to Tk 3 billion,” he added.

Alam said mobile operators take the fingerprints to verify it with the National ID database but they insist they do not store it.  “There’s no possibility of harassment,” he continued.

Asked which specific law allows operators to be fined, the Cabinet Secretary said the licenses issued to them addresses the matter.

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