FCC Focuses on Stolen Smartphones with New Initiative

(Ping! Zine Web Hosting Magazine) – Recent years have seen an increased rise is the theft of cellular devices as smartphones have become more popular and prominent. On Tuesday, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) looked to directly address the problem by announcing a new initiative.

The plan includes encouraging users to safeguard their devices with passwords and having cellular providers educate users on how to remotely control and lock their devices.

One of the most prominent parts of the initiative calls for the implementation of a theft prevention database for smartphones, allowing providers to shut down cellular functionality once the device has been reported stolen.

“With today’s announcement, we’re sending a message to consumers that we’ve got your back, and a message to criminals that we’re cracking down on the stolen phone and tablet re-sale market and making smartphone theft a crime that doesn’t pay,” commented FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski when making the announcement in the District of Columbia.

Joining the FCC in announcing the initiative were several police chiefs, New York Senator Chuck Schumer and D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray.

According to statistics released by the FCC, over forty percent of thefts in NYC can be attributed to stolen cellular devices. Meanwhile, the FCC noted that the U.S. Congress would consider legislation pertaining to the issue within the future. For more information regarding the FCC’s initiative, view a press release here (fcc.gov).