Directive on Consumer Data for SIM Card Registration in the Telecommunications Sector: An African Perspective

13 Pages Posted: 9 Jan 2012

Date Written: January 8, 2012

Abstract

Today, Africa is undoubtedly the fastest growing telecommunications market globally with its mobile communications continuing to maintain a significant share of the total mobile communications market. At the outset, mobile services consumers in Africa did not have to register in a subscriber database and had the benefit of using a product that is simple, easy to purchase and provides a degree of anonymity for customers. However, in recent years concerns regarding the use of mobile communications for illegal purposes have led to several debates to curb these practices. Thus, the introduction of the directive by several African states to capture and store data of consumers of mobile communications to enhance national security and protect consumers.

This work examines the intent behind the adoption of the Subscriber Identification Module (SIM) Card Registration Directive by several African nations; its implications within the telecommunications sector towards its aim of protecting consumers and enhancing state security. Finally, we attempt at augmenting the effectiveness of the directive in the telecommunications sector.

Keywords: Directive, Data Protection, SIM Card Registration, Consumer Data, National Security, Telecommunications, Mobile technology, Africa

JEL Classification: K20, L96, 055

Suggested Citation

Hemeson, Chikaodili Juliet, Directive on Consumer Data for SIM Card Registration in the Telecommunications Sector: An African Perspective (January 8, 2012). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1982033 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1982033

Chikaodili Juliet Hemeson (Contact Author)

affiliation not provided to SSRN ( email )

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