Resistance is growing against the re-registration of SIM cards in Mauritius, with concerns raised about the potential privacy implications of the exercise. The initiative, aimed at tackling criminal activities facilitated by unregistered SIM cards, has faced criticism for its requirement of including a selfie for verification.
Activists like Reuben Pillay have voiced their opposition to the exercise, questioning its effectiveness in combating drug trafficking. They fear that the biometric data collected could be misused, potentially leading to citizen surveillance.
Telecommunications operators are urging subscribers to re-register their SIM cards before the April 30th deadline, but their efforts have faced backlash on social media. Opposition to the initiative has also taken a legal route, with complaints filed in the Supreme Court challenging the constitutionality of the re-registration process.
Arvin Boolell, a prominent MP, has expressed concerns about the potential implications of the exercise, likening it to increased surveillance and questioning the lack of parliamentary debate on the matter. He then commended activist Ivor Tan Yan and attorney Pazhany Rangasamy for their efforts to challenge the legality of SIM card re-registration. In the same breath, Arvin Boolell issued a plea: “I ask the MSM to stay away from the judicial system.”
Boolell has also commented on internal political issues, including conflicts within the government following natural disasters and speculations about upcoming elections. The overall sentiment among Mauritian citizens is one of apprehension and skepticism towards the re-registration exercise and its broader implications.
The debate surrounding the initiative underscores a broader concern about privacy rights and surveillance practices in the country. The issue has sparked a wider discussion about government transparency and accountability in the context of technological advancements.
Source: Defi Media