Egypt introduces mobile phone ethics code
Egypt's National Telecom Regulatory Authority introduces codes of ethics to regulate behaviour of mobile users
Egypt's telecoms regulatory authority, the NTRA, has introduced a ‘Code of Ethics' for mobile phone users, in an effort to curb problems arising from mobile usage.
The Mobile Phone Usage Ethics Code, published on the NTRA website, addresses issues such as mobile fraud, harassment, and inappropriate use of the phone.
The code states: "This Ethics Code aims to regulate the users' behaviors on using mobile phones especially with the increasing and intense problems and irresponsible behavior of some users of mobile technology."
Among the areas covered in the 16 point code, which was drawn up by the NTRA and its Consumer Rights Protection Committee, are pointers on places where users should switch off their mobile phones, such as hospitals and places of worship, not having loud phone conversations and not annoying others with ringtones.
The code also warns against the dangers of fraudulent SMS and companies selling ringtones and applications, and advises against forwarding SMS that contain unverified information or rumours.
The code points out that using mobile phone cameras to take photos of people without their permission is an offence, punishable by law, as is sending SMS or MMS with indecent content.
The code in full:
1. The mobile phone technology is considered one of the greatest technologies that emerged in the last few years to serve humanity, so do not ever use it to annoy or tease others.
2. Don't call others during their times of sleep or rest.
3. Don't get excited on receiving a wrong number and be more tolerant.
4. Check the number before dialing it in order not to annoy any person.
5. Don't annoy others with your loud conversations in case you have a mobile phone's loud speaker. Moreover, this offends the person you are talking to (on the mobile) as he does not know that others are hearing his conversation.
6. Don't use mobile phones with high technologies such as the photographic or video cameras to violate others' privacy. Know for sure that making materials that concern any person available on the Internet or mobile phones without his knowledge or consent is considered an immoral act punished by law and condemned and rejected by religion and moral ethics.
7. Avoid sending SMSs that include inappropriate words or indecent photos as you will be charged and accused legally for this.
8. Don't speak loudly on your mobile phones in public places such as hospitals, clinics or conference halls, etc.
9. Switch off your mobile phone in places of worship, lecture and examination rooms, cinemas, theatres, etc.
10. Switch off your mobile phone in hospitals especially in ICUs lest any potential wave interference occurs.
11. Choose a non-annoying ringtone for your mobile phone. Always remember that ringtones aim mainly to make the mobile user know that he has got a call.
12. Don't use your mobile phone while driving as this will expose you to huge dangers and it is illegal.
13. Use your mobile phone to report something or receive important information.
14. Beware of dealing with the companies that defraud people concerning certain ringtones or applications for their mobile phones. You should deal only with trustworthy companies.
15. Don't respond to text messages or calls you receive from unknown numbers or sources because most probably they aim to swindle on you.
16. On receiving a text message, verify the information mentioned in it before circulating it in order not to take part in the circulation and propagation of rumours or unverified information.