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H.R. 5834: Cell Phone Theft Prevention Act of 2016

Title: Cell Phone Theft Prevention Act of 2016

Introduced: Jul 14, 2016 (114th Congress)

Sponsor: Rep. Eliot L. Engel [D-NY16]

Status: Referred to Committee - Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

Summary: Cell Phone Theft Prevention Act of 2016 This bill amends the Communications Act of 1934 to prohibit commercial mobile or data service providers from providing service on smart phones that: (1) have been reported to such provider as stolen by an authorized user, or (2) are listed as stolen on the Central Equipment Identity Register (CEIR). When a smart phone is reported stolen to a service provider, the provider must notify the CEIR with information necessary to identify the phone. Smart phones must be equipped with: (1) preloaded antitheft functionality at no additional cost to purchasers, or be capable of downloading such functionality at no cost; and (2) a mobile device identification number. A criminal penalty is established for anyone who violates prohibitions against: (1) removing, obliterating, tampering with, or altering a smart phone's mobile device identification number; (2) using, producing, trafficking in, having control or custody of, or possessing hardware or software, knowing it has been configured to engage in such identification number removal or alteration violations; or (3) selling a smart phone for which the identification number is listed as stolen on the CEIR.

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