Database for Stolen Mobile Devices{2}


The FCC has teamed up with the top wireless carriers to develop a database of stolen devices. AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile, and Sprint are supporting the FCC in this effort. The project is called PROTECTS Initiative. The way it works is if any customer loses their device, they can call their provider and report it lost or stolen. The carrier will lock it down to prevent further use. These devices are then added to a common database. This effort is working in other parts of the world, “While at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona earlier this year, Genachowski said he learned that database options were working in the U.K. and elsewhere to cut down on cell phone-related crime.”. Members of congress are prepping legislation that makes it a federal crime to evade the database.

I think this is a great initiative that will reduce the amount of stolen devices. Yet another example where a database is useful. The article states that if a device is reported lost or stolen, it will take 18 months for it to be listed on the database. I think the carriers need to be more prompt when updating the database, 18 months is a long time. When this is implemented, im going to follow up with the results and see if it actually makes a difference in the theft of mobile devices.

Citation:

Albanesius, C. (2012, April 10). Carriers Commit to Stolen Cell Phone Database. Retrieved from http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2402830,00.asp