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NY AG pushes ‘kill switch’ for cellphones

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State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is pressing wireless carriers to put safety over profits in his effort to require anti-theft measures to be installed in smartphones. The Democrat is sending letters Wednesday to the nation’s biggest wireless carriers questioning the industry’s decision to prohibit Samsung from pre-loading a “kill switch” application. The device can be activated remotely after a smartphone is stolen and render the phone permanently inoperable. “The epidemic of violent smartphone theft that ...

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biwemple
December 11, 2013
11:03 a.m.

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I would worry about this application being exploited by hackers and a mass shutdown of multiple users occurs. It should be left up to individual to permit install of this app if they wish, not pre-loaded by some government edict.

robbump
December 11, 2013
3:40 p.m.

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Similar to biwemple's view, Samsung should be allowed to load the app; but government should in no way MANDATE the application be installed. Let the market (buyers) decide if they wish the bells and whistles.

rvanhoes
December 11, 2013
3:44 p.m.

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I agree. This app should be an individual choice not a government mandate.

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