Bogus phone calls spark telecommunications law
PANAMA. A recent proposal to regulate telecommunications from the government has caused some to worry about their privacy but oth...
PANAMA. A recent proposal to regulate telecommunications from the government has caused some to worry about their privacy but others have found valid reasons behind it.
During a meeting with President Ricardo Martinelli, Juan Carlos Sieiro, president of the 20-30 Club said “ The government's proposal to demand from the telephone companies their record of prepaid users will contribute to reducing fake calls to emergency numbers like 911”.
Sieiro also said “Currently there are irresponsible citizens that under cellphone anonymity make false emergency reports, and this hinders the effective work of this important medical emergency attention service”.
The proposal of a telecommunications security law will be presented next Wednesday to the National Assembly for their discussion and approval.
It establishes that communications companies must register the information of more than 3,500,00 prepaid cellphones users just as they do with contract users.
This law is intended to help defuse the high levels of social insecurity, extortion schemes and fake calls to emergency services like 911, firefighters, national police and the civil protection agency (SINAPROC).
The 911 emergency service has received more than two million fake phone calls in six months. Ninety-two percent of calls received by firefighter's are false. So far this year their operators have taken 35,342 bogus calls.
On a regular day SINAPROC receive 137 calls of which only 17 are real.