Jakarta. About 47 million prepaid mobile phone cards have been re-registered and verified by mobile telecommunication providers as of Monday (30/10), Communications and Information Technology Minister Rudiantara told reporters.
The minister said there are currently 300 million active mobile phone cards in the country.
The ministry has encouraged mobile phone users to re-register their numbers and provide complete personal data, including birth dates and personal ID card numbers, before Oct. 31 to be verified. Foreigners will be forced to register their passport numbers in lieu of an Indonesian ID card.
"[The service] aims to improve customers convenience," Rudiantara said.
However, the Indonesian Consumer Protection Foundation (YLKI) has warned about potential data breaches if the government follows through on its plan to force all mobile numbers to re-register with telecommunications providers.
Rudiantara countered those claims, saying the governments plan will in effect protect mobile users from fraud.
If an individual fails to register, according to a previous statement, their numbers will be blocked. Service providers will start blocking outgoing calls and short message services, followed by incoming calls and all messages, as well as internet services.The number of active mobile phone subscriptions exceeds the country's population of 250 million by more than 50 million. The minister explained that is because many Indonesians carry more than one mobile phone.