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Fingerprint ID set to be mandatory

BANGKOK: All mobile operators will have to introduce an online fingerprint ID system for new prepaid and postpaid mobile SIM card registration, with a tentative deadline set for next February.

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Bangkok Post

Monday 28 November 2016, 09:04AM


Beginning next February, fingerprint verification will be needed for mobile SIM card registration. Photo: Srisamorn Phoosupanusorn
Beginning next February, fingerprint verification will be needed for mobile SIM card registration. Photo: Srisamorn Phoosupanusorn

The National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC), however, compelled all existing mobile users to put their fingerprints in the system on a voluntary basis for their own security benefit.

“We urge all mobile users to participate in the system to ensure greater security of the mobile banking channel and prevent the risk of fraud, which is likely to increase in a cashless society,” said NBTC secretary-general Takorn Tantasith.

Thailand has 103 million mobile subscribers, 14 million of whom use mobile banking services, he said.

Through a fingerprint enrolment process, mobile operators will scan each person’s fingerprints and store the records on the NBTC’s secure database server, said Mr Takorn.

Mobile operators will develop an application that verifies customers’ fingerprints.

Mobile banking is a service provided by banks or other financial institutions as well as mobile operators that allows customers to conduct some financial transactions remotely using any mobile device, with no bank account required.

The popularity of mobile banking activities marks a significant trend taking place in banking.

But fraud and other criminal acts targeting telecommunication networks are also becoming increasingly sophisticated.

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The NBTC’s telecom committee approved the plan to use a fingerprint registration system in September.

Mr Takorn said the NBTC adopted the fingerprint system which was developed by the Engineering Faculty of Kasetsart University. The school won an auction held by the NBTC this month offering to supply the system for B15 million.

He said the fingerprint system would not create a financial burden on mobile operators because the investment can be deducted as a business expense from the universal service obligation (USO) fee operators pay annually to the NBTC.

Telecom operators have to share 5 per cent of their total revenue with the NBTC. Of the total, 3.5% is paid for the USO fee and the remaining 1.25% goes to the licensing fee.

Mr Takorn insisted that the fingerprint system will complement the existing registration system. The regulator will not force all mobile users to register with the new system.

Banks and mobile operators have increasingly been urged to boost the standards for customer authentication systems in a bid to prevent fraud through mobile banking activities – currently one of the most popular mobile services.

The concern follows several cases of fraud committed through mobile banking apps over the past several months.

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Rorii | 05 December 2016 - 16:28:18

Joe12, for once you speak some sense... well done.

If I was a conspiracy theorist I would think this is a way of an out of control, illegal, un-elected government to gain even more control of the people.

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Joe12 | 03 December 2016 - 19:55:05

Other than that provided by law, namely on arrest, fingerprints of potential customers to mobile operators should not be provided. It constitutes a grave intrusion on the customer's right to personal privacy.

This is not a trivial matter. There is no compelling public interest. Any benefit (to the banks and phone companies) must be balanced against the risks identified by personal privacy and thus liberty. Those risks are that the fingerprints will be used in a way that the law does not allow and for purposes other than those for identification purposes.

There are no clear, detailed rules governing minimum safeguards such as duration, storage, usage, access of third parties, procedures for preserving the integrity and confidentiality of data; procedures for its destruction, thus providing sufficient guarantees against the risk of abuse and arbitrariness.

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Rorii | 28 November 2016 - 12:34:33

What's this got to do with mobile banking? Maybe there's  a link, but missing in the story.

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CaptainJack69 | 28 November 2016 - 12:17:58

The concern follows several cases of fraud where people have simply walked into the service providers office with a copy of a customers ID and their phone number and completely taken over their account. Never mind mobile banking, there's no protection of ANY kind.

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