Apple, Google, Microsoft Embrace the Fight Against Smartphone Theft
The Wireless Association (CTIA) announced the signing of the “Anti-Theft Voluntary Commitment”. Among the signees are Apple, Google, Microsoft, Samsung, Nokia, HTC, Huawei, Motorola, AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, T-Mobile and U.S. Cellular.
The tool will enable the user to remotely wipe data from the phone and render it inoperable in case the phone is stolen or lost. Furthermore, the tool will prevent reactivation without user’s permission (including factory reset attempts), but it will allow the authorized user to reverse the inoperability and restore data in case the phone is recovered. The initiative comes after several states started considering laws that would make an anti-theft kill switch mandatory for smartphones.