Wireless communications trade organisation CTIA-The Wireless Association has announced that it’s been working with the US federal government, law enforcement agencies and a number of its members to help deter smartphone thefts and protect consumer data. It’s introducing four voluntary industry commitments: implementing a database that’ll keep stolen phones offline, encouraging consumers to set up security on their new devices, informing users about ‘remote control’ security options and educating people about phone theft risks.
By 31st October this year, US-based GSM network providers will have a stolen smartphone database in place to prevent stolen GSM smartphones from working on any US GSM network. A similar 4G LTE database will be in place by the end of November 2013.
Steve Largent, President and CEO of CTIA, said “CTIA and its members have always been strong advocates for the safety and protection of America’s wireless users. Today’s announcement is yet another example of our industry’s continued dedication to advance public safety and enhance the security and protection of our customers. By working closely with law enforcement, these four steps will help deter smartphone theft and keep America’s wireless users safe.”
Immobilise, the UK’s mobile phone database, was launched in 2005 with support from the mobile phone industry, the National Mobile Phone Crime Unit, UK Police Services and the Home Office. Since launching it’s been expanded to cover a wide range of items that have a serial number, including games consoles, bicycles, cameras and computers.