The Nigerian government has blocked 73 million mobile phones in their country as a punishment for failing to register on it’s national digital identity database.https://t.co/aJjRVxNkIB
— Lewis Brackpool (@Lewis_Brackpool) April 23, 2022
Nigeria blocks 73 million mobile phones (more than a third of the 198 million in Nigeria) from making outgoing calls because they have not been registered in the national digital identity database.
Nigeria is among dozens of African countries including Ghana, Egypt and Kenya with SIM registration laws that authorities say are necessary for security purposes, but digital rights experts say increase surveillance and hurts privacy. Nigeria has been rolling out 11-digit electronic national identity cards for almost a decade, which record an individual’s personal and biometric data, including fingerprints and photo.
The National Identity Number (NIN) is required to open a bank account, apply for a driver’s license, vote, get health insurance, and file tax returns.