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Olympic Theft: 67,000 Phones to be Lost or Stolen during the Games

Posted by attorney Jeremy Geigle

How often do you leave home without your mobile phone? Are you one of the millions of Americans who claims to feel ‘naked’ without it? If you answered never to the first question and yes to the second, I’m right there with you. At any given time, in a developed country, the majority of the population has a mobile device on their body. If your mobile device is a smartphone (which an estimated 40% of them are), then you are not only carrying around a phone, but a plethora of digital, personal information.

An expected 67,000 mobile phones will be lost or stolen during the 2012 Olympic Games in London, adding up to 214.4 terabytes of data—an amount of information that could fill 214.4 million books. Nowadays, it isn’t just personal data that people have access to on their smartphones; a large percentage of users also have access to their company’s corporate data on their mobile devices.

As tourists and locals alike flock to sporting events in London, so too will ‘professional thieves’ and pickpockets who know only too well what the value of a mobile phone can be.

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