President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva has signed a law obliging all mobile carriers to register the names, addresses and other ID details of prepaid customers (Law 10.703/2003, published in the Federal Register Monday, July 21). Carriers have 90 days to complete the register of existing prepaid customers. The law allows for a 90-day extension.
Carriers must disclose prepaid registers if so ordered by a court of law, on pain of a monetary penalty (up to 10,000 Brazilian Reals per violation). Thefts of mobiles must be reported to judges, prosecutors and law enforcement agencies, with the name of owner and the serial number and code of the stolen phone.
Failure to draw up the register subjects the offending carrier to a fine of 100,000 BRL and termination of its license. Users are obliged by law to register their phone and report theft, loss, transfer of ownership or change of address to the carrier.