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Police Want 'Kill Switch' For Smartphones

Police Want 'Kill Switch' For Smartphones

May 06, 2013

An epidemic of cell phone swiping has prompted calls for a ‘kill switch’ that would render mobile devices inoperable if they end up in the wrong hands.

In San Francisco, California, half of the robberies reported in the last year involved the loss of a cell phone. George Gascon is the city’s district attorney and says things don’t have to stay that way.

"Unlike other types of crimes, this is a crime that could be easily fixed with a technological solution,” Gascon told the New York Times recently.

Read more: http://rt.com/usa/kill-switch-cell-phone-892/

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I have a Motorola ATRIX

And I can log into my Motorola account and ping my phone as well as wipe the memory/sim card remotely if it was stolen. It also has a fingerprint scanner I can use to lock/unlock it. It's my first smart phone (though I've had it going on 2 years) and I thought that was pretty much standard for smart phones...

I suspect there is another motive for this... one that wouldn't get near as much support...

Ron Paul convert from the Heart of Dixie

They will use this

To make sure they are not filmed

Pretty sure they already have a backdoor for that

Pretty sure the recent smartphones are required by law to be able to have their camera blocked. It was done under the guise of copyright protection (e.g. filming a concert).

I wonder if the smartphone kill switch is about cases where somehow they do get caught in something on film. I'm guessing they'd have the ability to erase your phone.

I would rather a thief access my phone than the police!

I can protect myself from a thief with a little common sense.

"A vote for the lesser of two evils is a vote to keep things the same", Buckminster Fuller..
A choice for liberty is always a choice for liberty.

The solution here is to

The solution here is to simply use the built in lock already in the phones! There is already the ability to lock phones so no one can use them unless a password gets input.

To climb the mountain, you must believe you can.

That's not a "techonological solutinon" that is a government one

I'd rather have my phone stolen than have cops have more power.

Love or fear? Choose again with every breath.

DoYou Feel The Tyranny Increasing In Our Lives Everyday?

It is so scary to see the U.S. government spreading the tyranny to nearly every aspect of our lives.

When are we going to say, enough is enough?

That is the $64,0000 dollar question

It's actually about the $640,000 Question

(price) Inflation

Good One Kevink!