Minister says Hong Kong SIM card ID registration plan will thwart crime, but expert says workarounds possible

Hong Kong’s government on Friday announced plans to force people to register their identity when buying mobile phone SIM cards, describing the move as an effort to curb crime. However, a data scientist said it appeared aimed more at detecting national security offences and workarounds will be possible. Buyers of pre-paid SIM cards will have to give details including their full name, date of birth, and a copy of their identity card under the proposal. Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development Edward Yau said the policy was needed as there were over 12 million pre-paid SIM cards in use in …

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