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Help make tz a safe place - register your sim-card

Discussion in 'Tech, Gadgets & Science Forum' started by Yona F. Maro, Aug 7, 2009.

  1. Yona F. Maro

    Yona F. Maro R I P

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    The looming implementation of the last elements of the TCRA Act means
    headaches for telecommunications operators and retailers, but smart
    service providers and network operators can use this data to give them
    a competitive edge in what is becoming a hotly contested telcoMS

    Within the next Few months or so, telecommunications operators will
    have to capture and keep on record the names, ID numbers and addresses
    of every single one of their subscribers

    That will make it possible for law enforcement agencies to trace
    people or intercept calls when they suspect criminal activity is
    happening. While this is a good thing for Tanzanian communities
    especially in the urban areas, in the short-term it is going to mean a
    lot of extra work for our telcoms and for retailers. They are going to
    need excellent systems in place to accommodate this extra workload,
    which they will not be paid for

    Using such systems Operators can easily record all the call data they
    need to comply with warrants for legal interception, including when,
    where and by whom every call is made although such acts have been
    applied before

    Once they start gathering and storing that kind of data, many other
    opportunities open up. For example, an operator that launches a new
    cellphone package offering cheaper off-peak calls can easily check to
    see how many calls are actually being made during those times. It also
    provides a great way to track the return on investment of marketing
    campaigns .

    The disadvantage of this is that it will make it easy for security
    agents to target people, particularly media sources, to satisfy the
    interests - personal and political - of the political powers , maybe
    if they plan to have their own kind of registration and contracts with
    cellphone operators and it will do-away with abnormalities such as
    buying of sim-cards for a specific purpose only to be abandoned later

    Here are some handy tips for Future subscribers , registration must
    be done in person to confirm your identity and has a list of what you
    need to bring along with you to register your SIM cards .

    • Cell phone number
    • Full names & surname
    • ID/ passport and one physical address (you will need to show any
    document that includes your name and residential address such as bank
    statement, utility bill, cell phone or retail account, rental lease or
    credit agreement, insurance policy, TV license, etc.)
    • Those residing in an informal settlement can provide a letter and/or
    affidavit from a school, church or retail store where you receive your
    • Parents will have to register their minor children’s SIM Cards in
    their names
    The good news is that there is no cost involved in registering and you
    only have to do it once.

    Liberalisation will see a number of new players in the telcom space
    This WILL HAVE enormous potential for the network service providers
    struggling with network dimensioning issues as they expand their

    All information will be kept confidential in a secure data base and
    cannot be used for any purpose other than the purposes allowed under
    the TCRA Act if you feel anything illegal going on with your
    registration please contact your Phone Operator Before reporting to
    the TCRA

    You can help to make Tanzania a safer place, as this law aims to help
    law enforcement agencies to identify the users of cell phone numbers
    and track criminals using cell phones for illegal activities
  2. Kang

    Kang JF-Expert Member

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    DO NOT REGISTER YOUR SIM! This is nothing but an attempt by the government to control free speech!!
  3. Ngambo Ngali

    Ngambo Ngali JF-Expert Member

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    I have been wondering so much whether this compulsory registration is a result of a of legislation passed by parliament, by law or regulation can i be enlightened please.
  4. SnEafer

    SnEafer Senior Member

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    I can't see the reason to do any of those while they still fail to put payphones on the streets *** forcing everyone to get a cell phones ***
    and after that to ask us openly to giveup our freedom of speech...

    When i read the post my eyes were concetrating mostly on a red texts...
    They can do a trace call but for now its rundom due to lack of info of a cell user unless they call someone from the user's addreses ask about the number's owner... But if we register my worry is that we are not secured enough so not only the gov would use the info but almost everyone would be able to use the data stored...

    I'm not against the registration or making the agancies work much easier to track a call but lets go with steps... FIRST SECURE OUR SELVES THEN LETS THINK ABOUT RECORDING OUR DATA....

  5. Richard

    Richard JF-Expert Member

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    It is a good attempt.

    Tanzania will not be a safe place because of simcards registration.

    The use of phone tapping evidence to secure convictions in terrorist and criminal trials has been shown in secret tests around the world has all come out to be unworkable.

    This doesn't seem to convince me that Tanzania will be the first if not list of African countries to try to implement these intrusive measures.

    Intelligence and law enforcement agencies have to be certain and clear to ensure that intercept operations conform to what law says in terms of the regulation and investigatory powers.

    My serious concern is whether the disclosure of intercept material by intelligence and law enforcement agencies would benefit criminal and terrorist organisations by exposing human sources and revealing the sophisticated technology that they use in covert surveillance.
  6. Bluray

    Bluray JF-Expert Member

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    These overreaching Orwellian constructs disguised in the veil of public safety, can and should never pass without the strongest protest from all rational free minded Tanzanians.

    The notion that our government can respect the basic tenets of privacy and use this information for the stated purposes is not only laughably naive, it is bordering the criminally negligent.Apart from the fact that the Tanzanian government and it's organs do not have a judicial framework to stipulate and obligate it to adhere to some central privacy concerns, there are simply no discernible laws to prevent the government to use this information in a tyrannically insane drive best known to the powers that be.Experience has shown that we simply do not have the quality control, rule of law and integrity to administer such sensitive personal information without the risk of massive abuse.

    I strongly advocate a vehement opposition to this misguided, resource wasting and quite unnecessary exercise most probably aimed at creating a smoke mirror for the real threats to our national security.
  7. Ngambo Ngali

    Ngambo Ngali JF-Expert Member

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    What you are saying is quite correct, this move has to be protested. However prior to doing so we should ask ourselves is it backed by law, if yes then we can chose a better way to protest against it, if the said thing is no backed by any legislation then the best way to protest is not to do what they want us to do, basi nothing else.

    In which case therefore, the question is kuna sheria au shria ndogo inayolazimisha kusajili namba za simu?? Kama ipo inaitwajwe na imepitishwa lini???? If this question is answered then we shall know the next step.