Secure Our Smartphones
  • Petitioned Tim Cook

This petition was delivered to:

Chief Executive Officer, Apple Inc.
Tim Cook
Chief Executive Officer, Microsoft Corporation
Steven A. Ballmer
Executive Chairman, Google Inc.
Eric Schmidt
President, Samsung Telecommunications America
Dale Sohn
Chairman and CEO, AT&T
Randall L. Stephenson
President & CEO, AT&T Mobility
Ralph de la Vega
T-Mobile USA, CEO
John J. Legere
Sprint Nextel, CEO
Daniel R. Hesse
Verizon Communications, CEO
Lowell C. McAdam
Chairman and CEO, AT&T
Randall L. Stephenson
Chief Executive Officer, Motorola Mobility
Dennis Woodside (Chief Executive Officer, Motorola Mobility)

Secure Our Smartphones

    1. Petition by

      Secure Our Smartphones (SOS)

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August 2014

Victory

From Petition Creator: Governor Jerry Brown signed the Smartphone Theft Prevention Act.

We are members of law enforcement, legislators from across the country, and consumer advocates.  Collectively, we are responsible for the consumer protections and public safety of millions of Americans.  In order to end the disturbing trend of robberies involving mobile communications devices, we have come together to create The Secure Our Smartphones Initiative.

It’s time for manufacturers and carriers to put public safety before corporate profits.  In 2012, 1.6 million Americans were victimized for their smartphones.   This is a growing epidemic affecting all corners of our nation and accounting for a majority of the robberies in our cities.  Last year, 50 percent of the robberies in San Francisco involved a stolen mobile communications device.  Washington D.C Police report smartphone theft accounting for 38 percent of their robberies, with Philadelphia Police reporting this type of theft accounting for 33 percent of all robberies.  In New York City, 20 percent of all robberies involved the theft of a smartphone; a 40 percent increase in the past year.  These crimes have led to severe injuries and the loss of life.  The trend indicates that the problem will only get worse if manufacturers and carriers do not take immediate action. 

We appreciate the incremental effort made to create the CTIA database.  Unfortunately, it has not had an impact.  It does not prevent phones that have been “jail breaked” from being reactivated.  By far the clearest indication that the CTIA database has failed, however, is the fact that a similar database failed to slow cell phone thefts in the U.K., and the number of robberies in the U.S. has continued to rise since its implementation last year. 

Unlike other types of crimes, manufacturers and carriers have the ability to end the growing number of smartphone thefts with a technological solution.  The implementation of a “kill switch” would render stolen devices inoperable on any network, anywhere in the world.  Such a feature would disable the device even if it is turned off or the SIM card has been removed.  By eliminating the ability for the phone to be reactivated, the value of these mobile communications devices would be equivalent to that of a paperweight.  As a result, the incentive to steal them would be eliminated. 

We have seen technology prevent crime in the past. For example, when auto theft was on the rise in the 1990’s, manufacturers created anti-theft technology which greatly reduced vehicle thefts nationwide.  Law enforcement worked hand in hand with manufacturers to harness a technological solution then, preventing crime and victimization, there’s no reason we cannot do it again. 

With smartphone security firms indicating that manufacturers and carriers have the ability to implement a “kill switch” on all smartphones, the time for this technological solution to be realized is now.   In the United States alone, smartphone manufacturers raked in over $69 billion in sales last year.  Mobile communications device manufacturers and carriers have an opportunity to end the victimization of millions of Americans and demonstrate their corporate responsibility by implementing a “kill switch.” 

Secure our Smartphones is unwavering in its commitment to public safety.  With robberies involving mobile communication devices at an all-time high, we cannot stand by when a solution to the problem is readily available.  Manufacturers and carriers have the opportunity to deter crime, eliminate the secondhand market for stolen mobile communications devices, and prevent their customers from becoming the next victim.

To:
Tim Cook, Chief Executive Officer, Apple Inc.
Steven A. Ballmer, Chief Executive Officer, Microsoft Corporation
Eric Schmidt, Executive Chairman, Google Inc.
Dale Sohn, President, Samsung Telecommunications America
Randall L. Stephenson, Chairman and CEO, AT&T
Ralph de la Vega, President & CEO, AT&T Mobility
John J. Legere, T-Mobile USA, CEO
Daniel R. Hesse, Sprint Nextel, CEO
Lowell C. McAdam, Verizon Communications, CEO
Randall L. Stephenson, Chairman and CEO, AT&T
Dennis Woodside (Chief Executive Officer, Motorola Mobility), Chief Executive Officer, Motorola Mobility
It’s time for manufacturers and carriers to put public safety before corporate profits. In 2012, 1.6 million Americans were victimized for their smartphones. Unlike other types of crimes, you have the opportunity to deter crime, eliminate the secondhand market for stolen mobile communications devices, and prevent your customers from becoming the next victim.

Sincerely,
[Your name]

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Victory!

      Friends,

      On Monday, Governor Jerry Brown took a historic step to safeguard wireless consumers from the threat of violence and signed the Smartphone Theft Prevention Act. This landmark legislation would not have been possible without the outpouring of support we received from all of you. From the bottom of our hearts, thank you!

      The New York Times reports that evidence suggests that this technology "Puts a Squeeze on Thieves" and can have "a significant impact on phone theft." Read the full article here: http://goo.gl/gXm4Vl

      It is widely expected that the standards enshrined in the California law will be implemented on every smartphone sold across the United States. In fact, many believe the impacts will extend across globe.

      On behalf of the Secure Our Smartphones Coalition I want to thank you for everything you've done to weigh in with industry executives as well as legislators in California and across the country. Your dedication enabled us to prevail despite the overwhelming odds that we faced.

      Above all, however, we want to thank the Boken family. Millions of people and their families will be forever indebted to the Boken's for their resolve throughout this trying endeavor. Thank you for standing up for all of us, and for ensuring another life is not lost over something as trivial as a smartphone.

      Sincerest Regards,
      Max Szabo

      California's Embrace of Anti-Theft Technology in Smartphones Puts a Squeeze on Thieves

      SAN FRANCISCO - It will soon get a lot harder for smartphone thieves to sell stolen iPhones, Samsung Galaxy phones and Windows phones on the black market. A bill signed by Gov. Jerry Brown of California on Monday will require that all smartphones sold in the state after July 2015 include a so-called kill switch, which lets an owner remotely deactivate a phone after it has been stolen.

    2. CA Governor Brown to determine fate of American wireless consumers

      Friends –

      Today is an important day for wireless consumers everywhere. The California Legislature sent SB 962, the Smartphone Theft Prevention Act, to California Governor Jerry Brown. With his signature this landmark legislation can end the violent epidemic of smartphone theft. The public safety implications of this commonsense measure are global in nature, and I'm writing today to ask that you send a note or letter to Governor Brown to urge him to sign this bill into law.

      You can email your letter to camille.wagner@gov.ca.gov and fax it to 916-558-3160 to the attention of Camille Wagner, Chief Deputy Legislative Affairs Secretary. The Governor ONLY has twelve days to sign this legislation, so please send your letters in today. Thanks for all your support, we truly could not have done it without you. We are on the goal line, but we need your help just once more.

      Sincerest Regards,
      Maxwell Szabo
      Office of San Francisco District Attorney George Gascón

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    • Seth Resler SAN JOSE, CA
      • 3 months ago

      My left arm was paralyzed when somebody tried to steal my smartphone.

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    • Howard Jambo CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA
      • 3 months ago

      MWI

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    • joshua ngalande BLANTYRE, MALAWI
      • 4 months ago

      I lost 3 smartphones before. only recovered one of them.

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    • Dave Nienhuis SHORELINE, WA
      • 6 months ago

      We're just feeding crimes of greed and/or desperation...

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      • 6 months ago

      I'm outraged over these bold acts that took a young woman's life. I use to play volleyball for a Jesuit University in KCMO in the 1970's. If this deters crime, so be it.

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