Dhaka, April 12: The High Court (HC) on Tuesday gave its verdict for registration of Subscriber Identity Module (SIM) through biometric data collection with fingerprints.
On March 9, lawyer SM Enamul Haque filed a writ petition with the HC challenging the legality of the SIM/RUIM registration through the biometric system.
An HC bench comprising of Justice Syed Muhammad Dastagir Husain and Justice AKM Shahidul Huq passed the order.
The bench, however, instructed the authorities concerned to follow the telecom regulator’s directives on the issue and to take the maximum precaution in protecting citizens’ data.
SIM cards are no longer being sold without the buyer’s fingerprints, while the re-registration of existing SIM card owners by recording their fingerprints is set to continue until April.
The SIM re-registration process, which began on December 16 last year, is aimed at controlling crime committed using SIM cards registered under false names.
After primary hearing the court issued a rule asking the government as to why collecting biometric information of subscribers through a third party, the telecom operators, will not be declared illegal.