(by Ken Macon | Reclaim The Net) – Nigeria has blocked 73 million phone numbers because they were not linked to the National Identity Numbers (NINs). In 2011, African countries including Kenya, Egypt, Ghana, and Nigeria, agreed to enforce SIM Registration laws to curb cybercrimes, identity theft, and scams. Nigeria rolled out a mandatory 11-digit digital identity number that requires citizens to register their personal details, photos, and biometrics. “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,” Reuters reported. Over the past five […]

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