Tuesday, 12 March 2013

Questions (387)

Brian Walsh


387. Deputy Brian Walsh asked the Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources if he will consider introducing measures that would require mobile telephone network providers to ensure that all telephone users, including those who opt for the prepaid option, are compelled to register their name and address with their network provider. [13010/13]

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Written answers (Question to Communications)

A proposal to register all customers of mobile phone services was considered previously by my Department which identified many complex legal, technical, data protection and practical issues to be considered. It was concluded at that time that the proposal would be of limited benefit in that it would not solve the illegal and inappropriate use of mobile phones and was not practical. There are no current proposals to compel mobile telephone service providers to register all customers.