CTIA Caves, Volunteers Kill Switch Plan

After bucking against the concept of a smartphone kill switch, the CTIA trade group just announced the EUSmartphone Anti-Theft Voluntary CommitmentEU to thwart smartphone thefts in the U.S. Apple, Google and Samsung are helping to lead the charge, along with HTC, Asurion, Motorola, Huawei, Nokia, Microsoft, Verizon, U.S. Cellular, T-Mobile, ATT&T and Sprint.

Participating device manufacturers and operating system makers have agreed that new models of smartphones manufactured after July 2015 for retail sale in the United States will offer a free pre-loaded or downloadable anti-theft tool. The tool will remotely wipe the data on stolen phones; render the device inoperable to unauthorized users; prevent reactivation without authorized user consent; and re-enable the device -- and restore its data -- if the owner recovers it.

EUThis flexibility provides consumers with access to the best features and apps that fit their unique needs while protecting their smartphones and the valuable information they contain,EU said Steve Largent, president and CEO of CTIA. EUAt the same time, itEUs important different technologies are available so that a EUtrap doorEU isnEUt created that could be exploited by hackers and criminals. By working together with policymakers, law enforcement and consumers, we will deter theft and protect usersEU personal information on smartphones.EU

Legislators Ready to Pounce

The EUSmartphone Anti-Theft Voluntary CommitmentEU adds to the multi-layered approach that already protects consumers and aids law enforcement. The protections include blacklist databases and consumer education as well as federal legislation that imposes strong penalties against smartphone thieves or those who illegally modify devices.

Public officials in cities across the country applauded the CTIAEUs move. Minnesota State Representative Joe Atkins noted that his stateEUs legislature was poised to pass the nation's first EUkill switchEU law as early as next week. And Chicago Alderman Edward Burk, sponsor of pending legislation that seeks to mandate...

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CTIA Caves, Volunteers Kill Switch Plan

After bucking against the concept of a smartphone kill switch, the CTIA trade group just announced the EUSmartphone Anti-Theft Voluntary CommitmentEU to thwart smartphone thefts in the U.S. Apple, Google and Samsung are helping to lead the charge, along with HTC, Asurion, Motorola, Huawei, Nokia, Microsoft, Verizon, U.S. Cellular, T-Mobile, ATT&T and Sprint.

Participating device manufacturers and operating system makers have agreed that new models of smartphones manufactured after July 2015 for retail sale in the United States will offer a free pre-loaded or downloadable anti-theft tool. The tool will remotely wipe the data on stolen phones; render the device inoperable to unauthorized users; prevent reactivation without authorized user consent; and re-enable the device -- and restore its data -- if the owner recovers it.

EUThis flexibility provides consumers with access to the best features and apps that fit their unique needs while protecting their smartphones and the valuable information they contain,EU said Steve Largent, president and CEO of CTIA. EUAt the same time, itEUs important different technologies are available so that a EUtrap doorEU isnEUt created that could be exploited by hackers and criminals. By working together with policymakers, law enforcement and consumers, we will deter theft and protect usersEU personal information on smartphones.EU

Legislators Ready to Pounce

The EUSmartphone Anti-Theft Voluntary CommitmentEU adds to the multi-layered approach that already protects consumers and aids law enforcement. The protections include blacklist databases and consumer education as well as federal legislation that imposes strong penalties against smartphone thieves or those who illegally modify devices.

Public officials in cities across the country applauded the CTIAEUs move. Minnesota State Representative Joe Atkins noted that his stateEUs legislature was poised to pass the nation's first EUkill switchEU law as early as next week. And Chicago Alderman Edward Burk, sponsor of pending legislation that seeks to mandate...

Comments are closed.