Thailand Tourists Must Have Faces Scanned to Buy SIM Cards

According to Research Snipers, those who buy mobile phones and SIM cards in Thailand will soon be required to have their faces and fingerprints scanned.

Starting from December 15th, Thai nationals will have their fingerprints and face scans linked to their ID cards. For tourists and expats, face scans will be checked against passport photos to ensure they match.

According to the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC), this is a measure to increase security of mobile banking and online payments.

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Takorn Tantasinth, Secretary-General of the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC), says that as a result of the new system, “trust in mobile banking will be improved”.  He also predicts that it will result in fewer cases of mobile banking fraud.

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