The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) is strongly refuting the claims in many quarters that subscribers will have to submit their International Mobile Equipment Identity numbers (IMEIs) to the agency. The commission clarified that subscribers will not need to submit their IMEIs to the agency because the data will be captured automatically.
The NCC refuting the claim that the agency would require subscribers phones IMEI in three months stated that; “At no time did the commission issue a statement regarding the registration of IMEI by subscribers and it has no plans to do so.”
“The reports in question have emanated from a section of the Revised National Identity Policy for SIM Card Registration recently launched by President Muhammadu Buhari; and which has been uploaded on the commission’s website.”
The commissions’ statement further reads; “It is pertinent to state that the commission is in the process of deploying a Device Management System.”
“The DMS will essentially protect subscribers against phone theft; and will identify and enable the elimination of fake devices from the networks.”
“The system will capture IMEI automatically without any requirement for subscribers to submit the same.”
The position of the Commission on capturing users phone IDs caused an uproar on social media and many other platforms. Nigerians had vehemently opposed a system to capture their phone details. Their opposition stems majorly from lack of trust for the government; many ask if the government is capable of handling such sensitive information; and seeing that some government officials have been tagged terrorist sympathisers; it is only ideal that the government think this through.
Adapted from: Punch
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