A stolen phone database established in the US to crack down on mobile phone thefts is having very little impact on crime, suggests reports today.
According to the New York Times, the database is useless for a number of reasons.
The U.S.’s four major carriers all contribute ID numbers of stolen phones to the database in the hope of tracking activations on their networks, however the database cannot track phones overseas, where most stolen phones end up. Also, criminals can simply change the ID numbers of phones.
Law enforcement authorities are pressing companies like Apple to build kill-switches in their phones. George Gascón, a San Francisco district attorney claims that “unlike other types of crimes, this is a crime that could be easily fixed with a technological solution”, much like car theft.
Companies have very little impetus to prevent mobile phone theft because it actually increases the sale of their devices.
Via: Mac Rumors