New York Takes Another Step to Curb Phone Theft
New York State Senator Jeffrey D. Klein plans to introduce a bill today that would require businesses to obtain proof of ownership before buying used cell phones. According to the New York Times, flea markets, laundromats, and neighborhood stores often resell mobile devices that have been stolen. The law would make it illegal for any businesses in the state to sell devices unless they can prove they were legally obtained from the original owner through documented receipts. "The goal of this legislation is to scare black market retailers out of this terrible business," said Klein. "If you're a retailer making a few extra bucks by selling stolen phones, you're now going to think twice before you open up your wallet and pay one of these criminals." Klein's law does not apply to individuals. Phone theft has increased in recent years despite lawmakers' attempts to halt it. U.S. carriers created a database of stolen phone IDs that should prevent the devices from being usable on mobile networks, but law enforcement says the database has proven ineffective.
CTIA Issues RFP for Stolen Device Database
The CTIA is looking for companies to help it with the Mobile Device Information Portal and issued a request for proposal to that effect. The portal is to be a central tool that consumers, carriers, and law enforcement can use to ascertain whether or not phones have been reported lost or stolen.
Minnesota Beats California to Kill Switch Punch
Minnesota this week became the first state to require cell phone and tablet makers to build a kill switch into their devices. The idea behind the law, which doesn't go into effect until July 2015, is to eventually deter theft.
California Reverses Course, Passes Kill Switch Law
The California State Senate today reconsidered a bill it struck down last month, which would require cell phone makers to install kill switches, and passed the bill by a wide margin. The idea behind the law is to make sure all users have the ability to protect their personal data.
FCC's Wheeler Lauds Phone Theft Prevention Report
FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler today said the FCC Technological Advisory Council's Mobile Device Theft Prevention Working Group Report provides workable suggestions for curbing smartphone theft. Wheeler tasked the group earlier this year to investigate how best to cut down the number of phones stolen from U.S.
Why Limit To Phones?
Its not always the business at fault
Stupid, stupid, stupid
Second, this won't deter anything. Unscrupulous businesses that still want to sell phones will simply do it out of the back room, and criminals will just sell the phones on the street or to a business that doesn't care about getting some kind of proof. Or middlemen will emerge who buy up stolen phones and ship them to a state with no such requirements.
A crook will just sell it to a crackhead on the street