U.S. Wireless Industry Gets Tough on Smartphone Theft

This week, CTIA-The Wireless Association announced plans to get tough – or, perhaps, tougher – on smartphone theft.

In partnership with various wireless companies, the organization announced plans to work with the federal government and law enforcement to develop four steps to help deter smartphone thefts and protect consumer data.

These four voluntary industry commitments by CTIA and our participating members will effectively address this issue while continuing to evolve as new wireless products and services become available.

The four steps are:

  1. Implement databases to prevent reactivation of stolen smartphones.
  2. Notify consumers of features to secure/lock smartphones with passwords and educate consumers about features to secure/lock smartphones with passwords.
  3. Educate consumers about applications to remotely lock/locate/erase data from smartphones.
  4. Educate consumers about smartphone theft, protections and preventative measures.

To read more about the comprehensive outline, click here.

“CTIA and its members have always been strong advocates for the safety and protection of America’s wireless users,” says Steve Largent, President and CEO of CTIA-The Wireless Association. “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.”