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Toronto Police Chief Wants Database Too

PERSONAL PRIVACY

April 13, 2012

As U.S. authorities devise plans to discourage smartphone thefts, Canadian authorities say similar measures are needed there, the Toronto Star reports. The U.S. Federal Communications Commission and wireless carriers AT&T, Verizon and T-Mobile have announced plans for a database that will store stolen cell phones unique ID numbers so that they may be disabled after a theft, rendering them useless to thieves. Toronto Police Chief Bill Blair, a member of the North American Association of Police Chiefs backing the database, says similar measures are needed in Toronto. A spokesman for the Canadian Wireless Telecommunications Association said such plans have not been discussed and noted that such a database would raise privacy concerns.
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