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This working group interestingly only had the following agencies representing law enforcement interest: NYPD, SFDA, Secret Service, FBI, and DOJ BJA. The ecoATM Gazelle representatives that have been work- ing continuously on this development are Vice President/Chief Legal Officer David Mersten and Sr. Director of Law Enforce- ment Relations Max Santiago (retired Dep- uty Commissioner of California Highway Pa- trol) with numerous years of law enforcement experience. DIRECTION FROM THE CHAIR OF FCC WASHINGTON, December 9th, 2015 – The following statement can be attributed to FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler following the release of a Report on Mobile Device Theft Prevention, prepared by the FCC Technolog- ical Advisory Council’s Mobile Device Theft Prevention Working Group: “Smart phone theft is a global problem that causes real harm in a variety of ways. It results in the loss of valuable devices, it often entails physical harm to the victim of the theft, and it can lead to disclosure of vital and confidential personal information stored on the stolen de- vices. Literally around the world, governments, private entities, and individuals have been rais- ing the alarm about smart phone theft, but un- til now there has been very little in the way of solutions. In a report issued earlier today, however, the FCC Technological Advisory Council’s [MDTP] working group has risen to the chal- lenge. In April 2015, I asked the TAC to study three specific approaches to combatting smart phone theft, and the MDTP working group re- port delivers. First, the MDTP report updates its rec- ommended slate of on- device theft prevention features such as giving consumer’s the default ability to remotely lock stolen devices and erase any data they hold. Second, it details efforts to review and improve the technical security design of each device’s unique numerical identifier, in an effort to prevent thieves from laundering de- vices by giving them new numbers. Third – and perhaps most significantly – it describes a clear pathway to the implementation of a single data portal to enable real-time assessment of whether any particular device is stolen. In addition, industry has committed to continuing its partnership with the FCC in this important area: CTIA has committed to a consumer outreach effort to better understand consumer acceptance of these anti-theft capabili-

FCC’s 5th Technological Advisory Council, was formed on October 21, 2010. The TAC is comprised of a diverse array of leading experts that help the FCC identify important areas of innovation. They develop informed technolo- gy policies supporting America’s competitive- ness and job creation in the global economy. The Mobile Device Theft Prevention (MDTP) Working Group was established by the TAC. This was at the request of the FCC chairman to explore the widespread problem of mobile device thefts and to develop recom- mendations for the FCC by the end of 2014 to mitigate mobile device theft. The MDTP Working Group evaluated the device theft problem, existing solutions addressing device theft and the gaps between the problem and existing solutions with a focus on issues such as cybersecurity, privacy and outreach needs. They brought together stakeholders with widely different areas of fo- cus and expertise to collaborate on defining a national mobile theft deterrent strategy and associated implementation plan to protect consumers. The following is a list of the members to the Mobile Device Theft Prevention which highlights the interest to stop and combat cell phone theft. • AT&T • Samsung • Asurion • Blackberry • Competitive Carriers Association (CCA) • Recipero • Iconectiv • ICE/Homeland Security Investigations • New York City Police Department • Microsoft • Motorola Mobility • CTIA • Hobi • EBay

ties and to track mobile device theft rates. The Mobile Device Theft PreventionWorking Group has, moreover, recommended their continuation of these work efforts for next year. I would note that this group is a unique blend of key industry stakeholders working with law enforcement and government representatives for the interests of the consumer. While much work remains, the working group’s report establishes the critical components of a holistic effort to eliminate smart phone theft. The report is the result of considerable effort on the part of the Technological Advisory Council and, in particular, its MDTP working group. I am particularly grateful to the TAC chairman, Dennis Roberson , and the MDTP working group’s co- chairs, Brian Daly and Rob Kubik , for their sustained commitment to this effort, and also to CTIA-The Wireless Association for its leading role in conceiving of an effective data portal.” ENDING KEY FACTORS AND INITIATIVES The three most important initiatives from the meetings can be found under “5.2 Areas for Future Consideration”: Recommendation 2.1: The FCC TAC rec- ommends the FCC TAC/MDTP Working Group Consider study on discussion top- ics in Section 3.2 regarding centralized data gathering, enhanced consumer outreach and education, reporting for law enforcement, and increased consumer adoption of anti- theft features. Recommendation 2.2: The FCC TAC rec- ommends the FCC TAC/MDTP Working Group Consider study on how to expand blacklisting to all US carriers, working with the GSM Association and CTIA. Recommendation 2.3: The FCC TAC rec- ommends the FCC TAC/MDTP Working Group should examine if anti-theft solution providers may be able to provide consumers a feature to determine enrollment status in their solution in such a way that the consum- er does not have to be in physical possession of the device. In 2016, the committee continued their work to fight cell phone theft on several fronts. There were three key recommenda- tions: • Database and Portal for: – Law Enforcement – Consumers – Resellers of 2nd Hand Devices • On-Device Theft Prevention Features

• Department of Justice (DOJ) • National Institute of Justice • T-Mobile USA • LG • US Secret Service • GSM Association • Apple • Illinois Institute of Technology • ecoATM/Gazelle • FBI • Verizon Wireless • City and County of San Francisco

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