AMTA Welcomes Prepaid Determination Amendments

 22 Dec 2014

The Australian Mobile Telecommunications Association (AMTA) has welcomed amendments to the Prepaid ID Check Determination and AMTA members are completing their transition to new compliance arrangements for prepaid mobile customer ID collection and validation, as required by this latest revision to the regulations. 

The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) amendments provide for an improved in-store customer ID check process for mobile prepaid customers as well as a more streamlined process for customers activating multiple mobile prepaid services online.

Chris Althaus, CEO, AMTA said:

“AMTA’s members have invested significantly in new improved systems to comply with the regulations for prepaid mobile ID checks. “

Mr Althaus added:

“AMTA strongly supports the proposed amendments as they reduce the burden on consumers to comply as well as reduce compliance costs for industry. However, AMTA remains concerned that the regulations, as a whole, will fail to meet the Government’s regulatory practice guidelines to create a benefit in excess of the compliance costs involved.”

“AMTA has accordingly requested that the Government review the cost-benefit of the regulation as part of its red-tape reduction review processes and give consideration to a substantive review or repeal of the arrangements.”

The ACMA has stated that the Determination’s requirements are “intended to assist law enforcement agencies to obtain accurate information for the purpose of their investigations, where needed.[1]

AMTA is firmly committed to supporting law enforcement agencies in their prosecution and investigation of criminal activities. However, AMTA remains concerned that the Determination will not achieve its stated purpose because:

•    Prepaid mobile services are easily transferable between end-users;

•    Stolen identity information can be used to verify identity (which actually provides an incentive for identity theft); and

•    Prepaid mobile services can be imported from overseas.

Identity theft is one of the most prevalent crimes affecting between 750 000 and 900 000 Australians each year with an estimated an annual cost of at least $1.6 billion.[2]

A recent report on identity theft and misuse reported:

“Key finding: As use of the DVS increases and counterfeit credentials become more easily detected,

criminals are more likely to seek legitimately issued documents with fraudulent details.”[3]

 

For more information contact Lisa Brown, AMTA, 0405 570 059 or (02) 6239 6555.



[1] ACMA Proposed new ID Verification, Consultation Paper, October 2014, p2

 

[2] Identity Crime and Misuse in Australia, Key Findings from the National Identity Crime and Misuse Measurement Framework Pilot, 2014

[3] Ibid p8