By Samuel Daniel

The Communications Regulatory Authority of Namibia (CRAN) this week announced that the mandatory SIM registration to be implemented by mobile service providers is tailor-made to protect digital identities from cybercrimes, and to ensure the effective regulation of a technological landscape.

According to CRAN’s Chief Executive, Emilia Nghikembua, said that registering your SIM card is integral to your digital identity, which already exists through other systems such as banking and social media. 

“SIM registration is complementary in place legislation and enables law enforcement and National Security Agencies to verify digital identities and the use of a mobile phone number during investigations that serve to protect users from cybercrimes and have evidence to prosecute culprits,”  she explained.

Furthermore, she adds that for the country to grasp the Fourth Industrial Revolution safely, SIM registration must be implemented.

“Following the recent conference and expo regarding Namibia`s preparation for the Fourth Industrial Revolution, the effective regulation of technologies on par with international best practices and in the interest of national safety has never been more important,” she pointed out.

Nghikembua further said that the protection of individuals from cybercrimes is important. 

“Therefore implementation of this legislation is in line with Namibia`s Harambee Prosperity Plan II and its pillars of Effective Governance, Economic Advancement, Social Progression, and Infrastructure Development,” she concluded.

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