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KYC required for WhatsApp users too, jail time, fine of Rs 50,000 if SIM is bought on fake ID

New Delhi:WhatsApp KYC: Hiding the identity of a SIM card is going to be very expensive. Because, now putting a SIM on a fake identity card can lead to imprisonment and a fine of up to Rs 50,000. Besides, if you are chatting with someone on WhatsApp , Signal or even Telegram while hiding your identity, the same law will apply and you will face fines including jail time. According to a report by Economic Times, your SIM card identity cannot be hidden. Let’s understand the exact case in detail.

The government believes that such a provision will see a reduction in cyber crimes. According to Sub-Section 4 of Section 7 of the Telecom Bill, customers are required to disclose their true identity at all times. False identity or concealment of identity shall be punishable with imprisonment of either description which may extend to rupees 50,000 or with both.

The draft bill also says that in such cases the police can arrest you without a warrant and start an investigation without a court order. Telecom Minister Ashwini Vaishnav had also recently said that the government is taking the issue of online financial fraud seriously and going forward, users of OTT platforms like WhatsApp-Signal will also have to undergo KYC formalisation. He said that the Telecom Bill will be implemented in 6-10 months.

Caller’s KYC name will appear on the screen of the call receiver:

Ashwini Vaishnav said that all apps used for calling or any kind of communication will come under the new telecom bill. Also, he also clarified that the government will not decrypt the users’ messages which means that the messages or calls will remain as secure as before. He also said that a phone call receiver should always know who called and what is his identity.

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