This has been known for some time, and although stakeholders such as Safaricom and the Communications Authority (CA) have been at the forefront of the law, people still appear to be using unregistered lines.
For some time, we have seen people complain that other parties have registered their credentials (IDs) on a SIM card that they do not own and have not started the registration process first. This development was particularly highlighted in a report by https://www.the-star.co.ke/counties/coast/2021-06-23-safaricom-sued-over-illegal-registration-of-a-sim-card/ in which one of the customers sued Safaricom for illegally registering a SIM card. The main danger of does this for several reasons: The culprit can use these SIM cards for illegal activities.
In the Kenyan market, online loans can be obtained with just one click. These cases may cause people to use other people’s IDs to apply for loans that they do not intend to repay (as in the case of the link above). Finally, a person’s credit score and records may be destroyed without their knowledge.
In this case, you may need to confirm whether your ID is used to register a line that does not belong to you. Confirmation:
Visit the service center store, whether it is Safaricom, Airtel, or Faiba. They will confirm this for you.
Kenya’s leading operator Safaricom (so its network is most abused because such fraud cases require full online loans for MPESA services), which is very active on social media. You can send them an email with your details and they will verify it for you.
If your ID is already used elsewhere, we believe that you should remove these illegal lines through the call center.
But how did we get here? What if there are up to two SIM cards associated with your ID number? How can traders ensure that this dangerous trend is eliminated?
Kenya’s data protection law has hardly been enforced. We have seen online loan applications, and the recent ORPP illegal registration of political parties ignored basic data protection regulations, which highlights the seriousness of the space. Kenyans also leave a large amount of information in places such as building entrances. In some cases, such information was never protected and eventually fell into the wrong hands.
Is the Office of the Data Commissioner ready to demonstrate its blatant abuse of power? This is something we have long awaited; The Data Protection Act of 2019 will take effect at the end of that year, and the Office of the Data Commissioner will be fully established at the end of 2020.
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