News Local MPs mull rules requiring registration of users of pre-paid phone cards

MPs mull rules requiring registration of users of pre-paid phone cards

The House Transport Committee is working on a legal framework that will require users of pre-paid phone cards to register with their providers for reasons of safety and public order.

The bill was submitted by Diko MP Angelos Votsis in 2009 and has been pending since then. But following a letter from the Justice Minister, the issue was discussed again by the committee, with Votsis and fellow Diko MP  Yiorgos Procopiou resubmitting the proposal.

Under the bill, people who buy pre-paid mobile phone cards will be required to submit their personal details to the provider before it is activated. The same will apply if the card is bought from a kiosk.

The aim is to address the issue of criminal acts that take advantage of the anonymity afforded by pre-paid cards and to combat nuisance telephone calls and messages.

Speaking after the committee meeting, Justice Minister Yiorgos Savvides thanked the committee for responding to his letter and for the constructive discussion.

“The specific proposal is a very important tool in the effort we are making to give law enforcement as many weapons as possible to combat organised crimes,” he said.

Mobile phone companies have been asked to submit their views and the bill will also be reviewed by the Personal Data Commissioner and the Legal Service of the Republic, Committee chairman Yiorgos Prokopiou said adding that citizens’ security took priority over profits.

Top Stories

244 new cases, out of 11,163 tests announced on Friday

The Health Ministry announced 244 new Coronavirus cases out of 11,163 PCR and rapid antigen tests on Friday, 15 January, taking confirmed infections to...

Where to get antigen rapid tests on Saturday

The Health Ministry announced the following antigen rapid test sites for Saturday, 16 January 2021:   LIMASSOL Tassos Papadopoulos building – TEPAK, Limassol 08:30-16:30 Church Agia Varvara, Zakaki...

President Anastasides to get the second dose of COVID-19 vaccine next Monday

Cyprus President, Nicos Anastasiades, will receive the second dose of the vaccine against COVID-19, next Monday at the Health Center of Latsia, according to...

Expert says milder version of pandemic likely to be present in 2022

Dr Constantinos Tsioutis, Assistant Professor, Internal Medicine & Infection Prevention and Control at the Department of Medicine of the European University Cyprus and head...

Spain’s COVID-19 incidence climbs above 500 cases per 100,000 people

Increased activity at hospitals and health centres near Madrid was seen on Friday (January 15) as Spain's coronavirus incidence as measured over the past...

Taste

Squash soup

Ingredients: 1 kg pumpkin, cut into small cubes, approximately 5 cups 2 medium (400g) sweet potatoes, cut into cubes, approximately 2 ½ cups 1 chopped leek, only...

Mezedes

No visit to Cyprus is complete without enjoying the traditional meal of many small dishes known as ‘meze’. This large feast, which has been a...

Prawns with fried cheese, barley shaped pasta

Put the barley shaped pasta into a small pan with salted water, bring to a boil and when tender, drain. Peal the prawns leaving...

Salmon and shrimp sheftalies

Mix all ingredients for tabbouli in a bowl and keep to one side so flavours can combine. Prepare the sheftalies: wash and soak the casing...