Carriers Commit to Stolen Cell Phone Database

by Jonathan N
This Article talked about the top carriers teaming up with the Federal communication commission to bring an end to phone theft. The article states that they have support from AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile, and Sprint to help created the PROTECTS initiative. The article first talks about what the new secured initiative will be able to do. They are stating that the cell phone owner will be able to call their provider if their device is stolen and the carrier will lock it down and prevent it from being used. Those gadgets will then be listed in a common database. The Federal Communications Commission are going to be regularly checking up on the database and making sure there are no problems. The carriers are required to submit quarterly updates on to the commission on their progress. The reason they feel they should be trying new techniques to stop crime against cell phone theft, is because in DC cell phone related crime is up 54% since 2007 as along everywhere else in the country. The Us was found using this strategy after they have learned that the database options were working in the U.K. and cut down their cell phone related crimes. Congress is told they are prepping legislation and are trying to make it a federal crime to tamper hardware on wireless devices in the database. read more...

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Stolen-Cellpone Database to Combat Mobile Theft

by Jennifer R

The article talks about how the major companies that provide wireless services are making a joint effort to produce a database that keeps track of stolen cellphones. As technology helps to improve cellphones, it ¬†also increases the value of and demand for smartphones on the market. According to the article, the Metropolitan Police Department say “in Washington, D.C., cellphone-related robberies jumped 54% from 2007 to 2011”. The providers will come out with their own databases before merging them into a single national database. The article lists some important issues that need to be addressed in designing the database, starting with how to deal with the different technologies the providers use. It also talks about the way some phones are currently identified, such as the SIM card for AT&T & T-mobile phones, can make them more attractive to thieves. ¬† There are stolen cellphone databases currently in use in the United Kingdom, Germany, France, and Australia. read more...

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