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Mexican judge moves to block personal data from biometric cellphone registry

Tue 20th April, 2021 9:03pm
MEXICO CITY, April 20 (Reuters) - A Mexican judge on Tuesday
blocked part of a federal telecommunications law requiring
cellphone users to give telecom providers their personal data
for a biometric registry.
    The judge's provisional measure blocks a reform to the law
that would put customers at risk of having their lines canceled
if they refused to submit their data, according to the judicial
    Supporting lawmakers argued that the registry, approved by
the Senate last week, was necessary to reduce crime, including
extortion and kidnapping, by making it harder for criminals to
remain anonymous when opening new cellphone lines.*:nL1N2M62KR
    The registry does not "positively influence" the state's
public security activities, according to second district Judge
Juan Pablo Gomez Fierro, in comments published in local media.  
    The registry would require companies like America Movil and
AT&T to collect fingerprints or eye biometric data from
customers and submit it for inclusion in a registry managed by
Mexico's telecoms regulator, the IFT. It would then be available
to law enforcement upon request.    
    The provisional suspension is the first legal hurdle the
registry has faced after lawmakers in the lower house and Senate
approved it, despite backlash from telecoms industry groups and
rights groups. A definitive suspension could come later in
    Rights groups have argued that registry is an invasion of
privacy and could lead people to be exploited by bad actors and
potentially wrongly convicted of crime. Cutting lines of those
who do not register would also further isolate many Mexicans
whose only internet access is by mobile phone, some industry
experts said.*:nL1N2K32O7   
    "We believe that there are other more effective and less
complex mechanisms to implement to combat (extortion calls), as
well as technology that provides valuable tools to do so," AT&T
said in a statement to Reuters. 

 (Reporting by Cassandra Garrison and Adriana Barrera; Editing
by Dan Grebler)
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