SIM swap at your fingertips!


YOU might need to use your fingerprints to do a SIM swap in future.

According to BusinessTech, the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa has proposed joining biometric data to SIM cards.

Biometrics are physical human characteristics that can be used to digitally identify a person to grant access to systems, devices or data.

The publication reported that if the proposed rules were approved, South Africans would have to provide their biometric information to do sim swaps or get new numbers.

This new innovation would help in dealing with acts of SIM swap and identity fraud.

Biometric Update reported that last November, the South African Banking Risk Information Centre registered an increase of 91% in the digital banking fraud.

Gur Geva, CEO of iiDENTIFii, said the objective of the proposals was to prevent crime and protect consumers from identity fraud.

“Criminals who use a multitude of mobile numbers in illegal activities including fraud, money laundering, terrorism and kidnapping would have a harder time hiding from law enforcement should new regulations come into effect,” Geva said.

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