Smartphone theft has become an increasingly worrisome issue for Canadians. So we’re excited to announce the next step to help fight the battle against smartphone theft. The wireless industry is launching a national blacklist of wireless devices that have been reported as lost or stolen. When a customer reports a lost or stolen phone, we will add the device’s International Mobile Equipment Identity (IMEI) number to the GSMA IMEI database or “blacklist.” We’ll use this stolen device blacklist to check that the wireless device has not been reported lost or stolen by participating Canadian and U.S. carriers. If it has, we won’t activate the phone on the Rogers network. The Canadian stolen device blacklist will also be available to participating carriers internationally through the GSMA IMEI database.
As part of this initiative, the Canadian Wireless Telecommunications Association (CWTA) has also launched a lookup tool on the www.protectyourdata.ca education portal. Consumers can simply enter the IMEI of a pre-owned wireless device to find out if it has been blacklisted on the GSMA IMEI database.
Here are some additional tips for protecting yourself and your device data against theft:
- Always be wary of your surroundings when carrying or using your phone. One moment of distraction is all that is required for a potential thief to steal your device.
- Protect your data by making sure your device is password protected.
- Keep track of your IMEI number by writing it down and storing it somewhere safe. You can access your number by typing *#06# in to your device or by looking behind the battery on the back of your device.
- Install an application that will enable you to remove/erase data from your device remotely in the event of loss or theft.
To read more about the GSMA IMEI Database, click here.