India to instate mandatory iPhone 'panic button' in 2017

India to instate mandatory iPhone 'panic button' in 2017
In an attempt to prevent woman abuse in the country, the Indian government will require all smartphone makers to include a panic button before they can sell their handsets in the Indian market. 

India's panic button requirement will be instated on January 1st 2017.

At the moment, most dumbphones sold in India include a panic function that the users can trigger through the physical keyboard. However, since smartphones do not come with a physical keyboard, there's no way for people to quickly let the authorities know that something wrong has happened. Sure, most smartphones do come with some sort of emergency call function, but the Indian Minister of Communications and Information wants smartphone makers to implement a panic function that doesn't require the use of the touchscreen.

One way that smartphone makers could implement a panic button is to physically add such a hardware button to their devices. However, since this approach would involve the redesign of the device, it's not the most likely option.

The Indian government knows adding a new button to a smartphone is not going to be an easy thing to do. As such, the government has suggested that smartphone makers implement a panic shortcut in the physical power button. More to the point, Indian authorities suggest the use of a triple-click panic shortcut.

According to The Indian Express, the Indian government will not stop here. By January 2018, all phones (smart or dumb) sold in the country will have to include GPS functionality. This way, phones will be able to automatically share the location of the user when the panic function is accessed, allowing the authorities to quickly intervene.

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28 Comments

1. sarcastic_nerd unregistered

The iPhone in heading is just clickbait. It applies to all smartphones. PA is turning into BGR lately. On to topic, I wish all countries applied this kind of solution instead of monitoring our data and making backdoors.

3. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

2. donrox

Posts: 201; Member since: Jul 18, 2014

CLICKBAIT!

4. Rydsmith unregistered

Instead of finding ways to allow women to have a panic button during an attack or when in danger, how about India address the culture in which assault on women is looked at being remotely ok.

6. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

did you live there?

15. Ashoaib

Posts: 3282; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

It is not about living there... anyone can made up their mind by hearing frequent news of rapes happen in India... numbers are alarming... good decision from the government... it is more easy to implement the panic button than changing the culture...

27. CosmicLion

Posts: 15; Member since: Sep 15, 2014

Indeed. India has too many Islamists who sell their daughters to highest bidders. By the way it is a "Contract" marriage so that he can marry her off again for six months. The poor girl suffers because of the pervert arab guru. Infact it should be mandated where ever these morons exist.

25. Anupam-Chopra

Posts: 11; Member since: Jun 09, 2015

I recommend you look at the rape figures in % worldwide. ( we are 1.2 billion remember ) India is much better than so called developed countries. Not to talk about Muslim countries, as they legalize rape in most cases, and no mechanism to report it. You hear so much media noice about women abuse in India, cos we are concerned about it, not like most countries where rape just becomes a yearly survey.

13. nepalisherpa

Posts: 338; Member since: Jul 17, 2015

When you have financial issues at home, do you look for better paying jobs first or do you start cutting unnecessary costs first? You have to start somewhere and it is easiest to start at the most basic level. Solving the culture issue is not a simple task.

28. karan1402d

Posts: 89; Member since: May 28, 2015

How ignorant people can get. India have far less per capita rape than USA, UK. Guess what in USA many rape cases get unreported because it is Okay to get raped . That is USA culture for you

5. siddharthayadav202

Posts: 286; Member since: Apr 23, 2016

I simply cannot understand why they mentioned iPhone in the heading.. One solution is to reconsider equality for all brands of PhoneArena.

8. sissy246

Posts: 7111; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

Because it made you click on it. How is a panic button going to work, how many times is that button going to get pushed by accident.

9. siddharthayadav202

Posts: 286; Member since: Apr 23, 2016

I am Indian.. I clicked due to 'India' and not iPhone

11. donrox

Posts: 201; Member since: Jul 18, 2014

I'm not Indian. i clicked due to 'iPhone'

7. byazatt

Posts: 316; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

This is an attempt to maintain the popularity of their beloved iPhone, cux it seems to be be dwindling lately lol

14. Unordinary unregistered

The reason they do this is because they see you moroms rage and go nuts over iPhone articles. Its like crack for the majority of this site.. Blame yourselves, iPhone haters.

10. natypes

Posts: 1110; Member since: Feb 02, 2015

Does Samsung's SOS feature count as a panic button?

12. sarcastic_nerd unregistered

Can you activate with a hardware button? If not, no.

16. natypes

Posts: 1110; Member since: Feb 02, 2015

Yes. Push the power button 3 times. It sends a pic (with front and rear camera), audio, location and text to 2 of your contacts of your choice.

18. sarcastic_nerd unregistered

Then it satisfies the condition, yes.

19. natypes

Posts: 1110; Member since: Feb 02, 2015

You're being a bit simple about it. The SOS feature doesn't notify authorities, just your contacts.

21. sarcastic_nerd unregistered

Your contacts will not sit idle if you're getting raped.

22. natypes

Posts: 1110; Member since: Feb 02, 2015

If your 2 contacts are your parents and they are the ones committing an 'Honor Killing' maybe so...

26. sarcastic_nerd unregistered

In that case, you are the one stupid enough to set them as SoS messages. Anyway, the functionality can be easily changed by a small software patch. The photos can be sent to local authorities as well as your contacts.

17. sukrith2194 unregistered

I live in India and the Indian culture is not to be blamed for all the rapes! It's just because Indians try to imitate the western culture is when everything goes wrong... The dressing, the attitude etc! I am not saying the western culture is bad, but people there are used to seeing people dress like those for years! And here in India it's just in the starting phase and people who have criminal or perverted mentalities see this and get aroused! Western culture has a lot of influence here in India now. It's not a bad thing but values of one's own culture should never be forgotten!

20. natypes

Posts: 1110; Member since: Feb 02, 2015

Just do a quick google search of "Honor Killing India" and you may be surprised.

23. sukrith2194 unregistered

Well it may have happened in the past... But nowadays not so much... In rural areas maybe but where educated people live not so much!

24. natypes

Posts: 1110; Member since: Feb 02, 2015

I'm not trying to start an argument, but it still goes on way too much. Yeah, it may be rural areas, but this is pretty serious. "An Indian man and an underage girl were burnt and beaten to death by villagers in the eastern Indian state of Bihar on May 13, 2015. Honor killings are common in parts of India and Pakistan, especially in the rural areas where local customs sometimes outweigh the law of the land."http://www.ibtimes.com/honor-killing-india-couple-lynched-burnt-alive-eastern-state-bihar-case-filed-against-1922047 "5 honour killings that happened in the last 4 months." June 2015http://indiatoday.intoday.in/story/honour-killing-in-last-4-months-list/1/446177.html "Honor Killing’ of Man Highlights Depth of India’s Caste Struggles." Mar 2016http://blogs.wsj.com/indiarealtime/2016/03/15/honor-killing-of-man-highlights-depth-of-indias-caste-struggles/

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