Around 3 million Saudis mobile phone users have been reportedly disconnected from their services after having failed to register their fingerprints in line with a new law set up by the Communications and Information Technology Commission (CITC).
A new report released by the CITC showed that the number of subscribers dropped from 54 million in 2011 to 51 million in 2016 following the expiration of the fingerprint registration on July 20.
The deadline had already been extended for fingerprint registration for mobile phone subscribers of all service providers in the Kingdom.The new law which was announced in September last year is meant to protect personal information of SIM cardholders and prevent buyers from obtaining mobile phones using fake or stolen identification cards.
The fingerprint data will be shared with the Kingdom’s National Information Centre to confirm the identity of the buyer who purchases a SIM card.
The CITC report also revealed that the number of people using Internet services in the Kingdom increased by 4% in 2010 and by 70% in 2014.