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Federal Smartphone Theft Prevention Act Introduced to the House

By: Absolute Team | 3/6/2014

Just one month after the introduction of the Smartphone Theft Prevention Act, Senate Bill 2032, a second federal bill has been introduced to the House as H.R. 4065 by Congressman José E. Serrano with support of New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman and NYPD Commissioner William J. Bratton. The two federal bills act as companions, this latest one going to the House vs the Senate.

Both acts would require that “kill switch” technology would be installed on all new smartphone devices, with consumers having the control to deploy the switch.

In the public announcement held this week, Attorney General Schneiderman also announced today that Commissioner Bratton has joined the Secure Our Smartphones (S.O.S.) Initiative.

"Since last May, the Secure Our Smartphones Initiative has challenged carriers and manufacturers to install technology that would end the epidemic of violent smartphone thefts. I applaud Congressman Serrano for bringing this to the floor of the House and putting the smartphone industry on notice: Because the industry dragged its feet, Congress is poised to act on legislation that will put consumers ahead of profits"

As New York City Police Commissioner William J. Bratton notes, this legislation notes that “a collaborative effort amongst the cellphone manufacturers, consumers, and the law enforcement community in order to drastically reduce crimes associated with cell phone theft.” We applaud the continued efforts of so many in pushing forward these discussions on mobile theft.