FCC Technological Advisory Council Releases Mobile Device Theft Prevention Report

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The Federal Communications Commission (FCC or Commission) Technological Advisory Council (TAC) has released a Mobile Device Theft Prevention Report.  The report updates its recommended slate of on-device
theft prevention features such as giving consumers the default ability to remotely lock stolen devices and erase any data they hold. It also details efforts to review and improve the technical security design of each device’s unique numerical identifier, in an effort to prevent thieves from laundering devices by giving them new numbers. Finally, it describes the implementation of a single data portal to enable real-time assessment of whether any particular device is stolen.

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