Kenya court blocks Equity Bank's thin SIM technology rollout

Thin SIM card can be overlaid on existing SIM card.

The Kenyan High Court has suspended the decision of the Communications Authority of Kenya (CA) to allow Finserve Africa, a subsidiary of Equity Bank, to roll out the ‘thin Sim’ technology, following an urgent application by Kituo Cha Sheria.

Judge George Odunga temporarily blocked the process after the legal advice centre claimed that primary SIMs of millions of mobile customers risk being compromised in an irreparable manner, Business Daily reported.

Kituo Cha Sheria has accused the CA of authorising the technology without a full audit of the security of data risks to the subscribers’ personal identification number of the primary SIM that will be overlaid by the thin SIM. The petitioner contends that CA’s action is in blatant disregard of the Kenya Information and Communication Act and Consumer Protection Regulation 2010.

Read more: Kenya court blocks thin SIM technology roll-out – Telecompaper.