No anonymity with prepaid cell phones
Owners of cell phones operating on prepaid cards, rather than those acquired by contract, will henceforth be obliged to submit their personal details, in accordance with a law passed earlier this year to curb terrorism and crime.
Those who already have prepaid cell phones must submit their details to the retailer where they purchased the device by July 2010, a deadline that was imposed by the aforementioned law but has not been enforced. The details required include the holder’s name, address and number of their identification card or passport. Owners must also present their subscriber identity module (SIM) card.
The regulation also applies to new purchases of prepaid cell phones. Authorities decided to retract the previous anonymity enjoyed by owners of prepaid cell phones when it emerged that crime rings used them to plot their activities.
Is there anywhere that the full details of these new regulations can be read in English as there are a hundred questions I have! e.g. I bought my phone 2nd hand in the UK so can’t return to the seller – what about people who only buy sim cards here when they are on holiday or for short periods, do they give their UK address or Greek address? etc.etc.
I bough a greek Vodafone sim at the beginning of last year.
I had to register it in order to top up on line. As I am living in the UK (only until April ) I used my current address. I haven’t had anything through the post, all my communications from VF have been via e-mail, so I can’t see the point of them wanting your details if they never check who you are or where you live.