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    The conflict in Syria is an example of how cell phones can be used to track people. Cell phone tracking has helped the government crush the rebellion. We should fight this before it's too late.





    http://www.sacbee.com/2012/04/10/4403262/us-wireless-industry-announces.html

    WASHINGTON, April 10, 2012 -- /PRNewswire-
    USNewswire/ -- CTIA-The Wireless Association,
    together with participating wireless companies,
    today announced they worked 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.
    (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/
    prnh/20110630/MM28614LOGO-b)
    The four steps are:
    1. Implement databases to prevent
    reactivation of stolen smartphones. Wireless
    providers will work to initiate, implement and
    deploy database solutions, using unique
    smartphone identifying numbers, designed to
    prevent smartphones reported by their customers
    as stolen from being activated and/or provided
    service on their own networks. Using unique GSM
    smartphone identifying numbers, GSM providers
    will develop and deploy a database designed to
    prevent GSM smartphones reported as stolen
    from being activated or provided service. By
    October 31, 2012, U.S. GSM providers will
    implement this database so that stolen GSM
    smartphones will not work on any U.S. GSM
    network. In addition, U.S. providers will create a
    common database for LTE smartphones designed
    to prevent smartphones that are reported stolen
    by consumers from being activated or provided
    service on any LTE network in the U.S. and on
    appropriate international LTE stolen mobile
    smartphone databases. This database will be
    completed by November 30, 2013.
    2(A). Notify consumers of features to secure/
    lock smartphones with passwords. By April
    30, 2013, smartphone makers will implement a
    system to notify/inform users via the new
    smartphones upon activation or soon after of its
    capability of being locked and secured from
    unauthorized access by setting a password.
    2(B). Educate consumers about features to
    secure/lock smartphones with passwords. By
    December 31, 2012, smartphone makers will
    include information on how to secure/lock new
    smartphones in-box and/or through online "Quick
    Start" or user guides.
    3. Educate consumers about applications to
    remotely lock/locate/erase data from
    smartphones. Wireless providers will inform
    consumers, using communications including
    email or text messages, about the existence of
    and access to applications that can lock/locate/
    erase data from smartphones. Providers will also
    educate consumers on how to access these
    applications, including those that are easy-to-find
    and preloaded onto smartphones. Substantial
    progress on this will be made by December 31,
    2012; it will be completed by April 30, 2013.
    4. Educate consumers about smartphone
    theft, protections and preventative
    measures. By July 1, 2012, the wireless industry
    will launch an education campaign for consumers
    on the safe use of smartphones and highlight the
    solutions one through three by using a range of
    resources, including a public service
    announcement and online tools such as websites
    and social media.
    "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," said Steve Largent, President and
    CEO, CTIA-The Wireless Association.
    Beginning June 30, 2012, CTIA will publish
    quarterly updates on its website and submit a
    copy to the Federal Communications Commission,
    detailing progress, benchmarking milestones and
    indicating completion by industry and provider of
    the following deliverables: implementation of
    databases, information about applications to
    locate/lock/erase data from smartphones and
    efforts to educate consumers about smartphone
    theft, protections and preventative measures.
    For more information, please visit: www.ctia.org
    CTIA-The Wireless Association (www.ctia.org) is
    an international organization representing the
    wireless communications industry. Membership in
    the association includes wireless carriers and their
    suppliers, as well as providers and manufacturers
    of wireless data services and products. CTIA
    advocates on behalf of its members at all levels of
    government. The association also coordinates the
    industry's voluntary best practices and initiatives,
    and sponsors the industry's leading wireless
    tradeshows. CTIA was founded in 1984 and is
    based in Washington, D.C.
    SOURCE CTIA-The Wireless Association
    04-10-12 06:20 PM
  2. _StephenBB81's Avatar
    Fixed to make it a bit more readable

    little burned out to comment just yet


    U.S. Wireless Industry Announces Steps to Help Deter Smartphone Thefts and Protect Consumer Data - PR Newswire - The Sacramento Bee

    WASHINGTON, April 10, 2012 -- /PRNewswire- USNewswire/

    CITA & The Wireless Association, together with participating wireless companies, today announced they worked 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. Wireless
    providers will work to initiate, implement and deploy database solutions, using unique smartphone identifying numbers, designed to prevent smartphones reported by their customers as stolen from being activated and/or provided
    service on their own networks. Using unique GSM smartphone identifying numbers, GSM providers will develop and deploy a database designed to prevent GSM smartphones reported as stolen from being activated or provided service. By October 31, 2012, U.S. GSM providers will implement this database so that stolen GSM smartphones will not work on any U.S. GSM network. In addition, U.S. providers will create a common database for LTE smartphones designed to prevent smartphones that are reported stolen by consumers from being activated or provided service on any LTE network in the U.S. and on appropriate international LTE stolen mobile smartphone databases. This database will be completed by November 30, 2013.

    2(A). Notify consumers of features to secure/ lock smartphones with passwords. By April 30, 2013, smartphone makers will implement a system to notify/inform users via the new smartphones upon activation or soon after of its capability of being locked and secured from unauthorized access by setting a password.

    2(B). Educate consumers about features to secure/lock smartphones with passwords. By December 31, 2012, smartphone makers will include information on how to secure/lock new smartphones in-box and/or through online "Quick Start" or user guides.

    3. Educate consumers about applications to remotely lock/locate/erase data from smartphones. Wireless providers will inform consumers, using communications including email or text messages, about the existence of and access to applications that can lock/locate/ erase data from smartphones. Providers will also educate consumers on how to access these applications, including those that are easy-to-find and preloaded onto smartphones. Substantial progress on this will be made by December 31, 2012; it will be completed by April 30, 2013.

    4. Educate consumers about smartphone theft, protections and preventative measures. By July 1, 2012, the wireless industry will launch an education campaign for consumers on the safe use of smartphones and highlight the solutions one through three by using a range of resources, including a public service announcement and online tools such as websites and social media.

    "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," said Steve Largent, President and CEO, CTIA-The Wireless Association. Beginning June 30, 2012, CTIA will publish quarterly updates on its website and submit a copy to the Federal Communications Commission, detailing progress, benchmarking milestones and indicating completion by industry and provider of the following deliverables: implementation of databases, information about applications to locate/lock/erase data from smartphones and efforts to educate consumers about smartphone theft, protections and preventative measures. For more information, please visit: CTIA - The Wireless Association CTIA-The Wireless Association (CTIA - The Wireless Association) is an international organization representing the wireless communications industry. Membership in the association includes wireless carriers and their suppliers, as well as providers and manufacturers of wireless data services and products. CTIA advocates on behalf of its members at all levels of government. The association also coordinates the industry's voluntary best practices and initiatives, and sponsors the industry's leading wireless tradeshows. CTIA was founded in 1984 and is based in Washington, D.C. SOURCE CTIA-The Wireless Association
    04-10-12 06:32 PM
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