The Mobile Telephone (Re-Programming) Act 2002 creates offences in respect of unique electronic equipment identifiers of mobile wireless communications devices.
The Act focuses on re-programming mobile telephones by changing the 'unique device identifier' which is the international equipment identification (IMEI ) number - i.e. the unique serial number of the phone.
A person commits an offence if:
- he changes a unique device identifier;
- he interferes with the operation of a unique device identifier;
- he offers or agrees to change, or interfere with the operation of, a unique device identifier; or
he offers or agrees to arrange for another person to change, or interfere with the operation of, a unique device identifier.
A unique device identifier is an electronic equipment identifier which is unique to a mobile wireless communications device.
A person does not commit an offence if:
- he is the manufacturer of the device, or
- he does the act mentioned above with the written consent of the manufacturer of the device.