Remulla Assures Public Not To Be Afraid Of SIM Registration Act

Justice Secretary Remulla: “All information obtained during the registration process shall be absolutely confidential.”

REMULLA – Justice Secretary Jesus Crispin “Boying” Remulla assured the public not to be afraid of SIM Registration Act.

Justice Secretary Boying Remulla
Justice Secretary Jesus Crispin “Boying” Remulla

During the inter-agency press conference on December 26, Remulla assured the public not to be afraid of the SIM Registration Act as this “will not be used for state surveillance or any such nefarious purpose.”

The Justice Secretary also said that the collection of data by the telecommunications companies will be under “stringent regulatory oversight and monitoring” of concerned government agencies so that the public can be assured that their information and data will be safeguarded.

Citing Sections 9 and 10 of Republic Act No. 11934, the Justice Secretary said that all information obtained during the SIM registration process shall be “absolutely confidential”. He also stressed that the confidentiality clause in the registration shall take effect “at the point of activation”.

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Remulla also assure the public that the compliance of telecommunications companies with their obligation shall be periodically monitored by the relevant government agencies.

The Justice Secretary then urged SIM users and the public to be mindful of their obligations and duties under the said law.

Tomorrow, December 27, PTEs (Public Telecommunications Entities) or telcos shall start to implement SIM registration so we urge everyone who has a mobile phone, which is almost every single Filipino, to undertake registration of their own SIMs within the 180-day period,” Remulla said.

Remulla also advised the public not to transfer or sell their registered SIMs, use fictitious or false information, use fictitious identities, or present fraudulent IDs to register their SIMs.

According to a report, the inter-agency press conference was held jointly by the Department of Justice (DOJ), the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG), the Department of Information and Communication Technology (DICT), and the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC).

Those government agencies held the inter-agency press conference as the Philippine government is set to start the implementation of the law under Republic Act No. 11934 on December 27.

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