Senators propose the Smartphone Theft Preventation Act; bill would require kill switch on a new phone
posted by Alan F. / Feb 14, 2014, 2:59 AM
Now, the Smartphone Theft Prevention Act has been proposed by Senator Amy Klobuchar, who cites stats showing that one out of every three robberies includes cellphone theft. One of the other Senators co-sponsoring the bill is Barbara Mikulski (D-MD). Senator Mikulski says that victims of a smartphone theft should not have to be a victim again when their personal data is stolen out of their phone.
Others involved in the bill are Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) and Mazie Hirono (D-HI). If the bill is passed into law, each phone sold in the U.S. would have to include a free kill switch. The carriers would have the burden of providing the technology to all of the phones on its network.
source: SenatorAmyKlobuchar via AppleInsider
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Does Apple get an exception like they did in Europe for the micro USB plug.
posted on Feb 14, 2014, 3:53 AM 4
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Or how Obama lifted their ban in US!!
posted on Feb 14, 2014, 4:19 AM 3
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Senator Barbara Mikulski should do something for poverty in California that makes people desperate. And if "Our cell phones play an essential role in our day to day lives – from connecting us to family and friends to paying our credit card bills and accessing our bank accounts" as she says, why not make a campaign for the use of already existing solutions for that with owner control, than give a kill switch for our phones to the government? Same time that Obama wants to take from NSA and give to "private company or other "third party entity" to manage metadata collection from phones. All I see is, by excuse of security, another people's control measure so they can kill your phone, kill the switch off your car, and then kill you with 50 bullets (the police) in it, for no reason. All that in the name of our safety - ofcourse. Pandoras' box. Senator Barbara Mikulski should do something for poverty in California that makes people desperate.
posted on Feb 14, 2014, 5:10 AM 4
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I was a bit concerned that they probably don't understand the impact of a so called kill switch, in terms of both a: who controls it and b: how it's implemented. Let's hope some people write to this woman before things are completely undefined and come out in a really poor/crappy way.
posted on Feb 14, 2014, 1:15 PM 1
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Kill switch should be there. Those pesky thieves shouldn't be able to retrieve any money or information from those phones they've stolen. That way we'll definitely see less theft cases.
posted on Feb 14, 2014, 4:20 AM 2
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This isn't about smartphone theft. This is about the government wanting more control over you and your property. I have serious doubts about the constitutionality of this anyway. I won't buy phones in America if they have a kill switch, and you shouldn't either.
posted on Feb 14, 2014, 6:47 AM 7
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Exactly. If sheep (Regular citizens, not fans of any brand) want that, then by all means, they can do so. I, however, refuse to be a part of that and I will take any and all measures necessary to obtain phones that have no such crippling mechanisms.
posted on Feb 14, 2014, 7:07 AM 2
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One can already wipe a phone out to protect the information stored in it, be it iOS or Android. The hardware has value to thieves, not so much the pictures of cats. As the senators are at it, why not propose a kill switch to vehicles as well, since car theft generates multi-billion dollar losses? BTW, CA is the worst state in car theft. Or could this bill be about something else, like denying the citizenry to organize themselves as they did in Egypt, Tunisia, Ukraine, etc? No, it's for our own good that our overlords are so concerned about... sure.
posted on Feb 14, 2014, 10:16 AM 2
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These Senators should all be removed from office; we have greater problems in this once great country and should focus improving areas like: 1. Education 2. Literacy 3. Immigration Reform (kicking out illegal Aliens) 4. Tax Code Reform 5. Infrastructure Reform 6. Welfare Reform & Reduction 7. Cable Companies Regulation; improvement thereof. Etcetera....Etcetera.... Etcetera....!!!!!!
posted on Feb 14, 2014, 7:17 AM 4
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Hey! Dont use hatred words "kicking aliens" for anyone... its ok to have reforms but its not ok to use harsh language for illegals... you should remember that almost all americans are illegals, no one took permission from so called "Red Indians" to settle and taking over of their land/country...
posted on Feb 14, 2014, 10:53 AM 1
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Americans are not illegal immigrants.I won't deny that we have done some very questionable things, but Native Americans did some very questionable things too. Human sacrifice? Slavery? Furthermore, the natives did not have an organized nation like we do today. There was no law against foreigners entering their land. Also, "kicking out aliens" means the same thing as deporting illegals. It isn't hate speech. They're the ones at fault.
posted on Feb 14, 2014, 5:17 PM 0
let me guess the illegal alien are doing better job than you and cheaper
posted on Feb 14, 2014, 1:31 PM 0
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