Large manufacturers such as Samsung, Google, Apple and major U.S. operators sign an agreement to include anti-theft applications on their smartphones.
The top U.S. operators and manufacturers of Smartphones Google, Apple, Samsung, Huawei, Nokia, Microsoft, Motorola and HTC have agreed to introduce tools that allow users to lock their devices and deletes data remotely in the case of loss or theft and be unusable.
Cellular Telecommunications & Internet Association (CTIA) has announced on Tuesday an agreement to undertake from July 2015 all telephones manufactured or pre-installed anti-theft systems will be ready to download it for free. This measure is intended to mitigate theft and robbery, which led an increase in recent years, especially in large cities like New York.
Attorney Feneral New York, Eric Schneiderman, and the District Attorney of San Francisco, George Gascon, have received with “satisfaction” along with voluntary agreement, although both highlighted that it is not enough to fully prevent this type of theft. Both have asked manufacturers to include these default applications on their devices, instead of requiring users to download it for themselves.
Misplacing mobile-phone models so far outweighs the price 600 euros and losing all personal information (email accounts, passwords, and all kinds of photographic equipment) can be a real trauma to more than one user. Only in 2012, over 1.6 million Americans were victims of theft of their Smartphones.
“This agreement gives consumers access to the best features and applications that meet your specific needs while adding protection for their Smartphones and containing valuable information”, said Steve Largent, president and CEO of CTIA, in a statement.
The agreement extends to the individual decisions of Apple and Samsung to include features in their new mobile software that requires an owner ID and password before a phone can “clean up” their information remotely. Some manufacturers have acted on their own, as Apple has built into its latest mobile operating system, iOS 7, a feature called “trigger lock” by iCloud technology.
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