Someone posted a question about changing the IMEI of their iPhone. A UK user flagged this question for asking about an illegal activity, and indeed it is in the UK. However, I haven't been able to find any evidence that it's illegal in the United States.
My inclination is to let the question remain, because:
- The UK Mobile Telephones (Re-Programming) Act 2002 considers as offenses changing the identifier, offering to change the identifier, possessing "a thing" to change the identifier, and supplying or offering to supply "a thing" to change the identifier. In my opinion, it's doubtful that electronically provided information can be constituted "a thing".
- Even if it were, Stack Exchange is based in the United States and is not bound by UK law.
However, just because Ask Different is not culpable for providing this information, that doesn't necessarily mean that we must allow such questions. Yet in my view, changing the IMEI seems fairly benign - akin to jailbreaking or unlocking (both of which we allow questions about), but I recognize that it's possible to use that capability to avoid capture by using stolen phones in the commission of other crimes. (the reasoning I suspect behind the UK law)