Senator Charles Schumer today introduced the Device Theft Deterrence Act of 2012 (S.3186), which would make it a federal crime to tamper with the unique identification number of a cellphone.  The following statement may be attributed to Tim McKone, AT&T Executive Vice President of Federal Relations:

“AT&T applauds Senator Schumer for his efforts to help deter the theft of mobile wireless communications devices.  At AT&T, we continue to research and implement measures to address the growing issue of stolen wireless devices.  We appreciate the Senator’s efforts to do the same and we look forward to working with him and his colleagues as this legislation moves forward to ensure that customer security and privacy issues are adequately addressed.”

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