Indian government is developing IMEI database to track stolen mobile phones: blacklist phones will not access to network

ByTown Kassis 2019-06-22 714

India is developing its first IMEI database to keep a close eye on stolen mobile phones in the country, according to a report released by Indian Express. Once the IMEI database, known as the central device identification registry (CEIR), is ready, Indian consumer users will be able to complain to the police to notify the Ministry of Telecommunications of stolen mobile phones in (DoT) by telephone. The Ministry of Telecommunications will then take the necessary measures to prevent the stolen mobile phone IMEI, from accessing the cellular network. CIER can also access GSMA's global IMEI database to find phones with fake IMEI numbers.

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The CIER project was born to end the theft and cloning of mobile phones. According to DoT, "there is a lot of fake mobile activity on our mobile network, with fake IMEI numbers."

The database will contain three lists-white, gray and black, where the phone with the IMEI number in the whitelist means it is a legitimate device and is not under the watch list.

As you might have guessed, the blacklist will contain the IMEI number associated with the stolen phone. The phones on the gray list support the work, but it will be overseen by the DoT.

In addition to financial losses, DoT believes that the theft of mobile phones poses a threat to personal life and the national security of India.

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