CTIA Says Smartphones Better Protected Against Theft
Jul 1, 2015, 8:59 AM by Eric M. Zeman
Beginning today, most smartphones sold in the U.S. will include anti-theft security tools. July 1 marks the day by which phone makers and network operators agreed to implement free theft deterrents on smartphones. According to the CTIA, most of the industry has responded by placing remote lock/wipe capabilities on consumer devices. The addition of an activation lock on the Apple iPhone, for example, has dramatically reduced iPhone thefts in major cities. The activation lock prevents a stolen device from being activated by another person, thus making it useless to thieves. Remote wipe features allow people to erase the personal data from their handset if lost/stolen to protect their identity. The major participants in today's action include Apple, AT&T, BlackBerry, Google, HTC, Huawei, LG, Motorola, Microsoft, Samsung, Sprint, T-Mobile, U.S. Cellular, Verizon Wireless, and ZTE. "Today's fulfillment of the Smartphone Anti-Theft Voluntary Commitment is another example of the wireless industry proactively working together with policymakers and law enforcement to help protect consumers' smartphones in the event they are ever lost or stolen. We will continue to work with all interested parties to continue to deploy new technologies and tools to improve device theft-deterrence tools. We remind consumers to take a few minutes to use PINs, passwords, apps and other device features to protect their mobile devices and personal information." The industry was coerced into acting "voluntarily" when the FCC threatened to make such protective measures mandatory.
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Where is the money?
The CTIA is a shill industry organization that pretends to be for the consumer but is actually financed by the cell industry, so if they are for something, its not because its "for the consumer". Its because its "for the industry", who profits from the consumer.
Ive never really believed that these programs reduce cell phone crime beyond the margin of random crime stats. Most people that would jack someone's phone aren't the type of people to be thinking about the future activation prospects of that phone. "Hold up, what OS version is this running?" Phone theft is usually a crime of convenience, not a well planned heist, and NYC had this on iphones for Ye...