Statement From A.G. Schneiderman & D.A. Gascón On New Smartphone Security Features Announced By Apple

NEW YORK – The following statement can be attributed to New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman and San Francisco District Attorney George Gascón in response to Apple’s announcement of the increased security features in its new mobile operating system, iOS 7:

“‘Apple Picking’ is a huge epidemic in the United States. We are appreciative of the gesture made by Apple to address smartphone theft. We reserve judgment on the activation lock feature until we can understand its actual functionality. We look forward to having a substantive conversation with Apple and other manufacturers at our Smartphone Summit on Thursday. We are hopeful that the cell phone industry will imbed persistent technology that is free to consumers that will make a phone inoperable once stolen, even if the device is off, the SIM card is removed, or the phone is modified by a thief to avoid detection.”

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