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As U.S. authorities devise plans to discourage smartphone thefts, Canadian authorities say similar measures are needed there, the Toronto Star reports. The U.S. Federal Communications Commission and wireless carriers AT&T, Verizon and T-Mobile have announced plans for a database that will store stolen cell phones unique ID numbers so that they may be disabled after a theft, rendering them useless to thieves. Toronto Police Chief Bill Blair, a member of the North American Association of Police Chiefs backing the database, says similar measures are needed in Toronto. A spokesman for the Canadian Wireless Telecommunications Association said such plans have not been discussed and noted that such a database would raise privacy concerns.
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