Prepaid Customers to Purchase Phones or SIM Cards Only With ID
California Representative Jackie Speier has introduced a new bill to Congress on March 23 cited the “Closing the Pre-Paid Mobile Device Security Gap Act of 2016”. This new bill would require an ID from anyone who purchases prepaid mobile phones or SIM cards. The purpose of a new bill is to make it difficult for people to engage in illegal activities as terrorist attacks or criminal doings without possibility of being traced.
The act, also called H. R. 4886, requires buyers of prepaid phones and SIMs to provide their full name, complete home address, and the date of birth. Authorized resellers will have to verify these information before purchase is permitted. In addition, resellers will have to make a record of sale with details included the date of sale, manufacturer of the phone or SIM, the carrier on which phone will be activated, phone number, IMEI, serial number and others.
Authorized resellers must maintain the record of the sale and transmit it to prepaid service provider within 30 days from the sale of the prepaid phone or SIM card. The prepaid service provider should than give a confirmation receipt to authorized reseller and keep the record of sale for 18 months or until they stop providing service to a particular prepaid customer for any reason.
A new bill also proposes penalties for all parties involved if they don’t follow specified rules and keep track of who have purchased prepaid mobile device or SIM, when and what carrier it’s been activated with.