Using Database to Combat Cellphone Theft{4}

In the article AT&T to Start Blocking Stolen Cellphones This Week, the author talks about At&t’s program as announced in April. At&t created a database to store information for every cellphone which on its network; and allowed its customers to report stolen cellphones, then At&t can disable any stolen cellphones to prevent reactivation of stolen devices on its own network, and make it more difficult for cellphone thieves to sell the devices back on the black market. The National Database planned to work toward a cross-carrier solution.

Cellphone is not only a communication tool any more. It’s a small computer we carry around all the time. We store our personal information on cellphones, including sensitive information, like bank apps that show bank account information, emails, and etc. Once we lost our cellphone, it doesn’t only mean that we lost a communication tool and a contact list; it’s already a personal database.

I think every cellphone company has the responsibility to keep these information safe for the customers. In my opinion, the cellphone itself is not as valuable as any data that stored on it. Cellphone theft is a security threat. The government should have put every activated cellphone’s information into a database to safeguard the personal database, which is any personal information we stored on our cellphones. Database security should be the priority.



CHEN, BRIAN X.  AT&T to Start Blocking Stolen Cellphones This Week, The New York Times, JULY 9, 2012