For several months, New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has been pressuring smartphone makers and cellular carriers to build a “kill switch” that would permanently disable stolen handsets, and hence deter smartphone theft by destroying the resale value.
“The epidemic of violent street crime involving the theft and resale of mobile devices is a very real and growing threat in communities all across America,” Schneiderman said during a June press conference announcing his “Secure Our Smartphones” initiative.
In open letters he wrote to Apple, Microsoft, Google and Samsung, Schneiderman asks why such technology can’t quickly be developed.
“I seek to understand why companies that can develop sophisticated handheld electronics, such as the products manufactured by Apple, cannot also create technology to render stolen devices inoperable and thereby eliminate the expanding black market on which they are sold,” he wrote. Read more…