CDoT ordered to create a centralised database of stolen phones to prevent their misuse

To make sure that data on stolen phones is not misused, the Centre for Development of Telematic (CDoT) has been ordered to create a central database for such devices. This responsibility initially lay with Bharat Sanchar Nagar Limited (BSNL), but the Directorate of Telecom (DoT) has now given it to CDoT.

Representational image. Reuters.

Representational image. Reuters.

According to a report by The Economic Times, the effort is to make sure that no one reuses a lost phone by using a new SIM on a different and later gaining access to private data which has the potential to be abused.

The telecom department reportedly said that CDoT has been asked to research, redesign and develop the project. It is expected to complete by 31 March, 2018.

This is a pilot project which will take place in the Maharashtra circle before there is a pan India rollout.

Since it is a pilot project, CDoT are required to prepare a report about it. This would include funding for the project and various other details requisite to rollout it out.

According to the ET report, the aim of the project is to mitigate the problem of mobile and data theft. Apart from this, it intends to solve the problem of phone cloning, which can put personal and national security at risk.

Updated Date: Feb 12, 2018 16:22 PM