Ivory Coast govt gives operators six months to collect biometric ID from users

Tuesday 19 September 2017 | 10:55 CET | News

Ivory Coast's ministry of Communication and Digital Economy has given telecom service providers six months to comply with regulations passed earlier this year on the identification of their subscriber bases. A decree published in July, which also covers internet cafe users, requires all consumers of telecoms services to submit bio-metric ID by March 2018 as part of new legislation to fight terrorism and cyber-crime.

The ministry described the new obligations as the second phase of the identification programme launched in 2012, when the government ordered the registration of all SIM cards in the country.   

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