US networks and smartphone manufacturers sign anti-theft agreement

US networks and smartphone manufacturers sign anti-theft agreementIt’s largely kinda pointless stealing a high-end smartphone these days, what with the blocking and the security stuff and the remote wiping and whatnot.

Consolidating that pointlessness, several US networks and manufacturers have entered into a voluntary agreement making anti-theft tools mandatory.

More specifically, some phones will come with anti-theft tools pre-loaded, while others will simply have the tools available for download.

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and San Francisco District Attorney George Gascon think the move is pretty sweet, but that it could – or should – be sweeter.

A joint statement reads: "While CTIA's decision to respond to our call for action by announcing a new voluntary commitment to make theft-deterrent features available on smartphones is a welcome step forward, it falls short of what is needed to effectively end the epidemic of smartphone theft."

Big Schneiderman says 1.6 million Americans were “victimised for their smartphones” in 2012, a figure that understandably makes his red, white and blue blood boil.

Meanwhile, CTIA purrs: “This 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.”

Manufacturers on board include Apple, Samsung, Google and HTC, while networks include Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile and Sprint.

God bless America.

via: Reuters

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JanSt / MOD  Apr. 16, 2014 at 20:45

The headline is misleading... What they agreed on is the introduction of tools that will make it easy for law enforcement and other state agencies to disable our phones when they do not want us to communicate - see, e.g. Egypt, Lybia etc etc.... The positive aspect is just the Hello Kitty icing on this **** of a cake.
THINK! Lost phones are good for the economy. It's very easy. How come when it's phones the Big Brother state wants to do right by us poor peasants? Why not when it comes to, well, shoplifting, burglary, rape, institutionalised bullying etc etc etc.... Nah.

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