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A Question of Responsibility

Is data on your phone and home computer safe? Who is more responsible for preventing theft of your electronic device? You? or the Government through their agent’s the police?

Mine is. Don’t know about yours. I don’t go around putting private information in public areas. I also keep my anti-virus and firewall software up to date and use an NAT router to firewall my system further.

Computer/phone privacy, even in the era of smartphones, is not difficult. People simply need to stop thinking they’re on an episode of ‘Keeping up with the Kardashians’ and stop putting their whole lives out there in public.

As I have said for a long time and will continue to say, prevention of theft of your phone, or any other private property, is the individual’s responsibility, not the government’s. The line ‘that’s the job of the police’ is one of the primary contributing factors to society being the way it is. No one want’s to get involved anymore or help anyone out because, it’s not their job.

The only government intervention I would get behind is forcing carriers, all carriers, to create, share and maintain a list of IMEI’s of phones reported stolen by their customers. This would prevent any phone reported stolen from being able to be reactivated, no matter where or when it was attempted.

Allowing any third party (any party that is not myself or the manufacturer of the device, is a third party) to install a switch that could brick my phone without my explicit permission IS NOT acceptable in anyway, at anytime, under any conditions.

This is what you people who like this idea need to consider. It’s not about theft, it’s not going to prevent a damn thing, it’s about control. The government and cellular carriers have enough of that as it is, they don’t need anymore.

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