The High Court on Monday asked the government to explain in a week the legality of biometric SIM re-registration.
A bench of Justice Syed Muhammad Dastagir Husain and Justice AKM Shahidul Huq passed the order after hearing a public interest litigation writ petition.
The petitioner, Supreme Court lawyer SM Anamul Haque challenged the legality of an order issued by Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission on December 13 to get SIMs re-registered by mobile phone companies using the users’ biometrics.
The respondents include secretaries of ministries of the home, posts and telecommunication and law, the Chief Election Commissioner, National ID Wing’s director general, BTRC’s chairman and the director general, and the chief executive officers of the Grameenphone Limited, the Banglalink Limited, the Robi Axiata Limited, the Airtel Bangladesh Limited, the Pacific Bangladesh Telecom Limited, and the Teletalk Bangladesh Limited.
The court fixed March 24 for hearing the rule.
Petitioner’s lawyer Md Mucktadir Rahman submitted that the country’s telecommunication law did not authorize BTRC to issue such orders for the collection of citizens’ finger prints by mobile phone companies.
Mucktadir submitted that personal data of users could be transferred or leaked by phone companies owned by foreigners.
He submitted that personal data of users could also be hacked for undesirable uses.
The petition called the collection of users’ personal data as illegal, arbitrary and beyond BTRC’s jurisdiction.
source : the new age