Date: 7 days ago   Category: IT & Media

Russia can stop service of stolen phones since 2023 — Rambler News Service


Photo: TASS / Alexey Filippov the Working group "Communication and IT" of Advisory council at the Government of the Russian Federation drafted amendments to the law "About Communication" which introduce control of mobile phones by identifiers of subscriber devices (IMEI). According to the bill which is at the disposal of RNS, it is planned to forbid operators to serve the stolen or counterfeit devices. The temporary commission of the Federation Council on development of information society supported the bill. "The subscriber devices which were not registered according to Paragraph 5 of Article 53 of the present Federal Law are not allowed for work in networks of mobile radiotelephone communication; the having nonunique identifiers of subscriber stations, (...); not appropriated by the producer of the equipment in accordance with the established procedure; lost, including kidnapped persons. (...) Paragraphs of the fifth and sixth of Paragraph 3 of Article 1 of the present Federal law come into force since January 1, 2023" — it is reported in the document. In the explanatory note to the bill it is told about that, the database about subscriber devices will contain data on the resolved and banned IMEI. The bill also means creation of "the gray list" in which devices will be included for amnesty and also when checking legality of their import and acquisition. The cost of registration of one subscriber device will be from 100 rubles to 3 thousand rubles. The bill assumes creation of the centralized two-level system consisting of the central IMEI database of the Russian Federation and the IMEI databases of operators. Synchronization of the central database and bases of operators with the international IMEI GSMA database is supposed. "It is in the long term expedient to consider the possibility of creation of uniform base IMEI within EEU" — it is specified in the explanatory note. According to developers of the bill, control on IMEI will allow to identify more precisely subscriber devices for suppression of illegal acts, to increase the level of prevention and disclosure of crimes, to limit illegal import of devices, to increase collecting of taxes, etc. In the explanatory note it is specified that the present in 32 countries the control system of subscriber devices on IMEI is introduced. "Among them there are France, the Netherlands, Great Britain, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Sweden, Ireland, Norway, the USA, India, the Republic of South Africa and others" — it is said in the document.

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