NEW YORK — The top prosecutors in San Francisco and New York have announced the formation of a nationwide initiative to thwart smartphone thefts.
San Francisco District Attorney George Gascon and New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman formally launched what they call the Secure Our Smartphones Initiative at a New York news conference Thursday.
They say they are forming a coalition that includes prosecutors, police, political officials and consumer advocates from more than a dozen states. They intend to put pressure on smartphone companies to help dry up the secondary market in stolen phones.
Among the moves the prosecutors seek is the industry-wide introduction of a “kill switch” that would render stolen phones worthless.
The announcement comes on the same day Gascon and Schneiderman co-hosted a summit with representatives from major smartphone makers Apple Inc., Samsung Electronics Co., Google Inc. and Microsoft Corp.