MoT to start collecting all mobile subscribers information

I just heard an announcement on the radio that all mobile subscribers will be soon required to submit their personal information (a copy of their ID + a recent photo) to the ministry of telecommunications in order to keep track of who’s using each an every mobile number in Lebanon.

Mobile shop owners will be responsible for collecting the information of those who buy new phone lines, while existing subscribers will have to submit their information within a few months from now, and their lines will be automatically deactivated if they failed to comply with the deadline (I’ll update the post with the exact date as soon as I know it).

I guess this will be so annoying especially when you decide to sell your phone line, since you will have to make sure the buyer registers it under his name so that you don’t hold responsibility of anything he/she does with it!

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8 Responses to MoT to start collecting all mobile subscribers information

  1. fadi December 7, 2012 at 5:38 pm #

    that’s crazy, I’m surprized nobody is fighting this tooth and nail

  2. UNKOWN December 8, 2012 at 10:50 am #

    LOL … that will never happen keep dreaming MOT

  3. pk December 9, 2012 at 1:55 pm #

    In Europe (France, Germany, …), you always have to submit such information to buy a number. This is normal. Don’t tell me that we care about privacy issues more than Germans …

    This is the case for land lines, no ? Why not having it for mobile numbers ? Also, I never knew anyone selling his phone number, in western countries… Would you do that for your land line ? ???

    • Rami December 10, 2012 at 9:45 am #

      It makes sense to collect these info when it’s a postpaid line for billing purposes, and that’s the norm worldwide, but the issue the government here will be collecting information for all mobile number, whether they’re prepaid or postpaid. I personally have been to many countries, and none required personal information when purchasing those cheap prepaid lines.

  4. maya December 9, 2012 at 5:27 pm #

    Hehehe never will happen ,this is th 3rd world ,even the smoking ban will collapse sooon

  5. Scirocco December 17, 2012 at 4:54 pm #

    i contacted Touch … his answer was “Msh mn 3enna, ma3enna shi bhal mawdou3 ne7na” so i dont know about alfa … we wouldnt like them to deactivate our line without notice !! … i already gave them all my information (Except for a recent photo) when i got the number 8 years ago !!
    do you have any news about this issue?

    • Rami December 18, 2012 at 3:23 pm #

      Unfortuntely I got no further details yet, I’ll definitely post an update once I do!


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