Local Residents Respond to Potential "Kill Switch" for Cell Phones

2 years ago June 20, 2013 Jun 20, 2013 Thursday, June 20 2013 Thursday, June 20, 2013 2:57:17 PM CDT in News
By: Jamie Ries

COLUMBIA - Local residents are divided after four major cell phone manufacturers met Thursday to discuss whether a "kill" switch on cell phones would help decrease national crime rates. Google/Motorola, Microsoft, Apple, and Samsung participated in the meeting.

The switch would allow cell phone companies to instantly deactivate phones users report stolen. Stolen phones are often used by those committing crimes to avoid tracking.

Columbia resident Chloe Bloom said she would like to see the switch implemented.

"I don't want people going through my contacts and messages and just finding out my basic info," Bloom said. "So that's probably why I'd want it automatic instead of like a day where they could have a full day of searching through stuff."

The meeting comes after the release of last year's cell phone theft statistics--a whopping 1.6 million victims.

Columbia resident Andrew Milz said he thinks the switch would hurt privacy more than help it.

"I feel like this kill switch is just another front for them, for the government to tell us, or the companies to tell us that they are trying to protect us, but it's just another way for them to have more control over our phones."

Last year, the FCC and CTIA-The Wireless Association, a cell phone industry group, created a database to prevent the use of stolen digital devices.

Resident Alejo Gonzalez said government power over phones is "almost an abuse of privacy."

"I think the government's just taking these steps and it's kind of going against the people now," Gonzalez said.

The FCC said many disabled cell phones still have access to WiFi networks.

Cell phone companies said the best way to contact them about a stolen phone is by calling customer service or your insurance company.

Ways to lessen your chance of having your cell phone stolen include:

  • Lower your phone's profile in public--try not to always be on your cell phone in public places 
  • Act now to minimize the damage of a phone theft--try getting apps like "Find my iPhone" 
  • Report the lost device to your carrier or the police

 

More News

Grid
List
CALLAWAY COUNTY - One person died after an accident on eastbound Interstate 70 near Kingdom City Saturday morning. Missouri... More >>
33 minutes ago February 06, 2016 Feb 6, 2016 Saturday, February 06 2016 Saturday, February 06, 2016 11:58:29 AM CST in Continuous News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — Missouri is among the majority of states that restrict access to original birth certificates for people... More >>
1 hour ago February 06, 2016 Feb 6, 2016 Saturday, February 06 2016 Saturday, February 06, 2016 11:07:14 AM CST in Continuous News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — Twelve cities are arguing a state law capping how much revenue municipalities can draw from traffic... More >>
17 hours ago February 05, 2016 Feb 5, 2016 Friday, February 05 2016 Friday, February 05, 2016 7:21:46 PM CST in Continuous News
MOLINE ACRES (AP) — Police in the St. Louis suburb of Moline Acres are investigating the stabbing death of a... More >>
17 hours ago February 05, 2016 Feb 5, 2016 Friday, February 05 2016 Friday, February 05, 2016 7:12:57 PM CST in Continuous News
COLUMBIA - Trade deals between Missouri and Colombia and Peru could bring more than 6,000 jobs to the state in... More >>
18 hours ago February 05, 2016 Feb 5, 2016 Friday, February 05 2016 Friday, February 05, 2016 6:27:09 PM CST in Continuous News
CAMDENTON - The Camden County Sheriff's Office is investigating allegations of criminal behavior within the courthouse. The investigation started... More >>
18 hours ago February 05, 2016 Feb 5, 2016 Friday, February 05 2016 Friday, February 05, 2016 6:22:56 PM CST in Continuous News
COLUMBIA - A job application for at-risk Columbia youth to get paid work experience ends Friday at midnight. The... More >>
18 hours ago February 05, 2016 Feb 5, 2016 Friday, February 05 2016 Friday, February 05, 2016 6:15:48 PM CST in Continuous News
COLUMBIA - A body was found under Highway 63 bridge near Clark Lane and Hinkson Creek Friday. The cause... More >>
18 hours ago February 05, 2016 Feb 5, 2016 Friday, February 05 2016 Friday, February 05, 2016 5:50:52 PM CST in Continuous News
SLATER - A teacher was injured in a chemical explosion at Slater High School Friday. The woman was taken... More >>
19 hours ago February 05, 2016 Feb 5, 2016 Friday, February 05 2016 Friday, February 05, 2016 4:44:21 PM CST in Continuous News
COLUMBIA - Mizzou's athletic department suspended two basketball players from Saturday's game. Jakeenan Gant and Russell Woods were told... More >>
20 hours ago February 05, 2016 Feb 5, 2016 Friday, February 05 2016 Friday, February 05, 2016 4:16:06 PM CST in Continuous News
COLUMBIA – The White House announced Friday the lowest unemployment rate since 2008, sparking feelings of both optimism and frustration... More >>
20 hours ago February 05, 2016 Feb 5, 2016 Friday, February 05 2016 Friday, February 05, 2016 3:51:14 PM CST in Continuous News
COLUMBIA - More than 1,000 firefighters, emergency personnel and responders from across the country traveled to mid-Missouri Friday for dozens... More >>
21 hours ago February 05, 2016 Feb 5, 2016 Friday, February 05 2016 Friday, February 05, 2016 3:18:50 PM CST in Continuous News
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is using new jobs numbers to take a victory lap on the economy. ... More >>
21 hours ago February 05, 2016 Feb 5, 2016 Friday, February 05 2016 Friday, February 05, 2016 2:49:00 PM CST in Continuous News
WARRENTON (AP) — A mid-Missouri man has been sentenced to 30 years in prison for the shooting death of his... More >>
23 hours ago February 05, 2016 Feb 5, 2016 Friday, February 05 2016 Friday, February 05, 2016 1:13:17 PM CST in Continuous News
JEFFERSON CITY — The United Way of Central Missouri held its annual meeting Friday at the Capitol Plaza Hotel in... More >>
23 hours ago February 05, 2016 Feb 5, 2016 Friday, February 05 2016 Friday, February 05, 2016 12:51:27 PM CST in Continuous News
COLUMBIA (AP) — Several University of Missouri students are pressing the system's governing board for faster reforms in diversity as... More >>
1 day ago February 05, 2016 Feb 5, 2016 Friday, February 05 2016 Friday, February 05, 2016 11:57:22 AM CST in Continuous News
JEFFERSON CITY — One state lawmaker has dropped his restraining order against a fellow representative. The two are now working... More >>
1 day ago February 05, 2016 Feb 5, 2016 Friday, February 05 2016 Friday, February 05, 2016 10:41:04 AM CST in Continuous News
COLUMBIA (AP) — The search committee for a new University of Missouri system president will include two students, two faculty... More >>
1 day ago February 05, 2016 Feb 5, 2016 Friday, February 05 2016 Friday, February 05, 2016 11:09:04 AM CST in Continuous News
Interactive Radar Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 49°
1pm 48°
2pm 49°
3pm 49°
4pm 47°
Select a station to view its upcoming show schedule: KOMU 8 CW Mid-Missouri's CW

Coming Up Next

11:30 amEnglish Premier League Soccer
1:30 pmPremier League Behind the Badge: Crystal Palace FC
2:00 pmPGA Tour Golf

Tonight's Schedule

7:00 pmDateline NBC
9:00 pmSaturday Night Live

Coming Up Next

12:30 pmAre We There Yet?
1:00 pmNo Small Affair
3:00 pmAt First Sight

Tonight's Schedule

7:00 pmFamily Guy
7:30 pmFamily Guy
8:00 pmBob's Burgers
8:30 pmBob's Burgers
9:00 pmKOMU 8 News @ Nine on The CW
9:30 pmSeinfeld