Group States SIM Card Registration Wouldn’t Deter Criminals
Making prepaid mobile phone owners register their SIM cards is something that might not be a deterrent to crime. A SIM card is a subscriber identity module. Essentially it’s what identifies you as being you; however, a militant group says that it doesn’t really matter.
The group, TXT Power, stated that although registration is something that’s attractive in theory, it doesn’t really go any further than the provision of false hopes of curbing crimes. Criminals are always going to find a way to defeat it.
Theoretically, SIM card registration is quite attractive and seems like it’d be a good option. When you take a look at it more closely, it’s really not something smart. Criminals are always looking to be ahead of where we think they’re at and it’s predicted that they’d easily be able to circumvent the system through registering SIM cards through:
- Lost IDs
- Fake IDs
- Stolen IDs
This is what has been done in many countries, and it will be done the same in any country. If a criminal wants to circumvent the system, they’re going to find a way to do so. What it does, is give citizens false hope.
Let’s be honest here. Are the SIM card registration proponents really expecting criminals to use their own real identification to register their SIM cards for use? The ones that would probably don’t need to be worried about quite as much. Now that it’s being contemplated again, lawbreakers are looking for other ways to communicate and have viable alternatives. What needs to really happen is for law enforcement officials and lawmakers to be much smarter than what they’ve already shown.
This is something that’s going to hit in the United States too. We need to be more proactive instead of reactive, but SIM card registration might be an unnecessary intrusion. It’s not worked in other countries, why would we expect it to work here, we can’t.
Although the proponents state that registration is going to help the authorities pinpoint criminals if they use the card in conjunction with a crime, the simple fact is that they won’t. Any and all apprehension is legitimate. If losses of privacy will truly keep a country safe than it’s a good thing and justifiable, however, when you can’t say that it will it’s not.
It brings forth the eternal search for middle ground. There needs to be somewhere to meet where the constitutional right to privacy and the requirement to be proactive in security can intersect reasonably, be addressed and be respected. That will take some work.
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