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The GSMA is in the process of updating all terminology relating to device blacklisting and whitelisting. We believe the use of language is an important reflection of our values and realise that these terms, whilst historic, are not consistent with our commitment to eradicate racial stereotyping and stigma. Our language will no longer include references to coloured lists. These changes will be made across all GSMA departments, including repositioning our “blacklisting service” to GSMA Device Registry. Going forward, this registry will hold an inventory of flagged mobile devices. We have begun this task by editing online content and policy documentation will follow. If you see references requiring change, please be kind enough to let us know by emailing us at imeiservices@gsma.com.

Flagging stolen devices to protect your business against crime and fraud

There are criminals who seek to gain from the trade of stolen mobile devices, feeding an illegal market of devices obtained through pick pocketing, street crime and fraud.  Policymakers in many countries are concerned about the incidence of mobile device theft, particularly ...

Colour list terminology change

The GSMA is in the process of updating all terminology relating to device blacklisting and whitelisting. We believe use of language is an important reflection of our values and realise that these terms, whilst historic, are not consistent with our commitment to eradicate ...

News Flash: South Korea Launches First GSMA ‘We Care’ Initiative in Asia, Tackling International Device Crime

South Korea’s mobile operators are acting to protect consumers against lost or stolen mobile devices as part of a major new GSMA initiative in the country. The launch of the GSMA’s We Care in South Korea sees local operators SKT, KT and LG Uplus share information on lost and ...

Device Identity and the Future of Mobile Phone Insurance

The insurance industry has seen significant innovation over the last few years, as the disruptive effects of new technologies have started to play out. The explosion in business and consumer connectivity has brought with it enormous opportunities in the field of InsurTech. ...

Combatting Device Crime in Latin America through IMEI Blacklisting

In Latin America there are 52 operators from 18 countries who participate in the GSMA IMEI blacklisting service. Watch Lucas Gallitto from the GSMA Latam team on the important role that operators can play in helping to combat device crime both at a national and global level.

From Deterring Crime to Improving User Experience: the Importance of Device Identity

As identical as they may be otherwise, every mobile device on earth can be distinguished by an International Mobile Equipment Identity, or IMEI number. All devices with a 3GPP transceiver – smartphones, dongles, modems, wearables, IoT devices and more – are required to bear ...

Taking the Fight Against Device Crime to all Corners of the Globe

Mobile devices continue to play an ever more central role in our lives, providing the means by which we conduct many of our most important and personal daily affairs. Because of this, the prevention of their theft has become vital. The mobile industry has a natural interest, ...