Politician wants to stop stolen cellphones from being used
An NDP politician is pitching the idea of a national stolen cellphone registry to cut down on theft.
Mike Sullivan, MP for York South-Weston, wants our national regulator to track stolen phones. He’s calling for the CRTC to create a registry, which would contain the unique identification codes of any phone reported stolen in the country.
Cellphone carriers would have access to the list of stolen phones. Then, when a thief (or someone who bought a stolen phone) tries to activate the handset, the carrier would check the registry. If the code comes up ‘stolen,’ the phone wouldn’t be activated.
The idea of a registry isn’t unique to Canada – the FCC (the equivalent of the CRTC) in the U.S. announced in April that it was going to make a similar registry between major carriers down there.
The head of the CRTC, however, told the Record that most phones stolen in Canada aren’t used in the country. The devices are instead shipped overseas, where the registry would be pretty much useless.
Should Canada have a national stolen cellphone registry?
- Maurice Cacho, MSN Tech & Gadgets