Russian security forces take full control of mobile phones of citizens

В России силовики берут под полный контроль мобильные телефоны граждан

The government has developed the concept of remote locking of stolen cell phones by IMEI (International Mobile Equipment Identity, international mobile equipment identity). As reported by the Real World, the concept has been approved by the interim Commission of the Federation Council on information society development.

The concept involves the introduction of a control system for the phones IMEI. Companies-importers and people who buy the phones abroad will register them in a special database IMEI. Devices that have been stolen or have not received formal customs clearance, fall into the “black list” and will be disconnected from the Russian cellular networks.

It is planned that were not included in the basis of the IMEI the phone will disconnect after two or three years after the start of registration, the newspaper writes.

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