Joint Statement From San Francisco D.A. George Gascón & New York A.G. Eric Schneiderman

NEW YORK -- San Francisco District Attorney George Gascón and New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman released the following joint statement today after co-hosting a Smartphone Summit with industry officials from Apple, Google Motorola, Microsoft and Samsung:

“This morning we launched the Secure Our Smartphones (S.O.S) Initiative with a clear directive that we carried into the meeting. The smartphone industry has a responsibility to take action to end the rising and increasingly dangerous epidemic of smartphone theft.

“This afternoon we had an opportunity to hear what manufacturers are doing to protect consumers and honor the commitments they have made to their customers. It also provided the manufacturers with an opportunity to hear our expectations regarding the timeline and parameters of what we call the ‘kill switch solution.’ Apple and Samsung have taken steps in the right direction, but it is clear to us that the industry as a whole has more work to do to protect consumers from violent street crimes.

“To guide this process and work towards a solution, the S.O.S. Initiative outlined a series of parameters that we believe would constitute an effective theft deterrent. At today’s meeting we asked the companies to commit to develop effective solutions to this national crime wave and install them on all new products within one year.”

Earlier today, Attorney General Schneiderman and District Attorney Gascón announced the formation of a nationwide Secure Our Smartphones (S.O.S) Initiative aimed at encouraging the cell phone industry to adopt technologies that would deter theft by drying up the secondary market on which stolen devices are sold. Co-chaired by Schneiderman and Gascón, the S.O.S. Initiative is a groundbreaking coalition of state Attorneys General, District Attorneys, major city Police Chiefs, state and city Comptrollers, public safety activists and consumer advocates from around the country.

For more information on efforts by District Attorney Gascón and Attorney General Schneiderman to combat “Apple-Picking,” visit the San Francisco District Attorney’s website or the New York State Attorney General’s website

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