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Smartphone Kill Switch Could Become Federal Law
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dgettier
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dgettier,
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2/17/2014 | 8:23:46 AM
Re: Still a bad idea
Not sure I understand your distinction between need and demand. In my Hudson river example, the consumer will be waiting on the banks of the polluted river with their jet ski in tow....   a very long time. However the River will never become clean since factories make a profit by dumping their excess wastes in it for free.  You need the EPA.  So no, I don't think the cell phone industry will ever give the consumer a remote ability to flash EEPROMs, rendering the cell phone useless. Why, because this reduce the actual number of phones stolen. JMHO.
rradina
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rradina,
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2/17/2014 | 8:21:01 AM
The Internet Of Things...
Stolen phones are a problem.  If they cost our government (i.e. occupying law enforcement), then it has a duty to reduces those costs through any and all reasonable means within the boundaries of the constitution (up to and including telling folks they'll do nothing).  

If stolen phones don't cost our government, then the government should excercise restraint and allow the industry to resolve the issue.  Since Congress is involving itself, there must be ample customer desire for change.  The market will decide the best way to take care of the issue.

Regarding the carriers being against the kill switch becaue they sell insurance, that assumes insurance is purchased because a kill switch does not exist.  Plenty of phones are lost/damaged due to events that have nothing to do with theft and a mandatory kill switch will do nothing to address those events.
Brian.Dean
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2/17/2014 | 8:04:23 AM
Re: Still a bad idea
Good point, a need is not always fulfilled by market forces. Demand on the other hand is always fulfilled by the market. This does not mean that in order to protect a phone everyone has to pay for it however, if they do want security at no direct cost than, indirectly they can spend 3 or 4 hours searching for the right solution, or just ask a tech savvy friend.
Brian.Dean
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Brian.Dean,
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2/17/2014 | 7:48:21 AM
Re: The end of America as we know it
Good point, consumers need to take control of their security as well. If proper encryption is enabled then even if the phone is stolen then at least the data would not fall into the wrong hands. And lock down of hardware can also be utilized by consumers rendering the hardware useless, over time if it is not profitable for someone to steal a phone then the black market would implode on itself.
Brian.Dean
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Brian.Dean,
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2/17/2014 | 7:41:50 AM
Re: The end of America as we know it
In the event that a Smartphone has been stolen, remote tracking could also be enabled by law enforcing agencies. However, this too could be used by criminals to track innocent consumers and victimizing them. There will always be a trade-off when any new measure is enabled. Making a decision is difficult, the losses needs to be mapped up against the benefits and all in a timely fashion, because freezing/inactivity could also cause an increase in losses down the road.
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Whoopty,
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2/17/2014 | 7:39:11 AM
Re: Don't need it don't want it
Totally agree. If anything, this will provide a new feature for malware makers to use for randsomeware - give us $XXX or we'll brick your phone. 
HoldenM410
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2/17/2014 | 7:22:49 AM
Don't need it don't want it
My note 3 is one of the more expensive phones and no way do I want a pre installed kill feature. I'll install one myself if I want it. I would be interested to know how they would plan on implementing it, 5 minutes out of the box and my phones are unlocked and I have root access, usually flashing a new rom. I then remove or quarantine unwanted bloatware. I'm no tech genius and I'm not doing anything that is complicated, most people that graduated sandbox can figure it out. I don't see any benefits to a law mandating kill switches. The idiot kid who wants to steal a phone because he wants one is going to be too stupid to realize their is a kill switch and steal it anyway. The smart thieves want your phone for parts, they don't care about kill switches. The smarter thieves that want your data know exactly how to get around these locks. And to top it off a remote entity good or bad can shut you down. No thanks, if it becomes law I will be exploring ways to disable it on my own phone
HoldenM410
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2/17/2014 | 7:01:35 AM
Re: Well I for one
You don't have to irritated, a quick search on Google play will offer you many apps that will lock and locate your phone. You don't need big brother to hold your hand and make a law for you. The resources are there for you to do it yourself if you want it.
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2/16/2014 | 11:21:13 PM
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