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Philippines’ Marcos Signs Law Requiring SIM Card Registration

Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. has signed a law requiring all SIM cards to be registered, a move that is meant to curb mobile-phone scams and other crimes but has also raised privacy concerns.

The new law mandates telecommunication companies to maintain a register of SIM card subscribers, and submit a list of authorized sellers to the government. A valid identification document must now be presented to buy a SIM card, and existing ones need to be registered.