The CWTA (Canadian Wireless Telecommunications Association) and our wireless carriers promised that we’d see them take action to fight “iCrime” in Canada. The objective was to reduce the number of stolen wireless devices (smartphone, phones, tablets) and protect your personal data.
A new initiative has been announced that has all the carriers, the Police, and the CWTA on board. The “Protect Your Data” project will be in operation by September 30th, 2013 and will see the IMEI (International Mobile Equipment Identity) number on an activated GSM or LTE device – on any Canadian carriers network – be included in a GSMA IMEI database as “not been reported lost or stolen.” According to the press release “This new device verification process, which will deny service to any device that is on the GSMA “blacklist”, is designed to help eliminate the black market for stolen devices in Canada and abroad by reducing the value of smartphones in the eyes of criminals.”
The CWTA has created a website to educate the public on how to keep your wireless device, and your data, safe. Both in english and French: www.ProtectYourData.ca & www.Protegezvosdonnees.ca.