Your Smartphone . . . The Kill Switch & Politics
During the recent campaign, New York City mayor-elect Bill de Blasio affirmed the need for a smartphone “kill switch.” He said the absence of a kill switch is a dangerous technological void. It is an important issue, to maintain a solid smartphone defense against online (cyber) attack.
Trendy campaign rhetoric? Or does his concern mean something? His acknowledgement of the issue may have weight . . . since being the mayor of New York City – sometimes described as “the second toughest job in the U.S.” – may influence your smartphone security. Besides this clout, Mr. de Blasio, with a son and a daughter who use smartphones constantly, may also be expressing a father’s well-founded sense of necessary smartphone security.
What does this mean for you?
It could boost the credibility of the SOS (“Save Our Smartphones”) coalition’s core thought: Provide a kill-switch function for smartphones – or other portable digital devices – and protect the individual. But . . . ?
But is a kill switch a personal “flip switch” to your personal protection? Is it a panacea?
Manufacturers, such as Apple and Nokia, are only interested in sales – not personal protection. They are resisting. They have “no dog” is the ID protection race. Last heard, sales outweighed identity theft. Even fueled by the replacement of stolen or lost smartphones . . . the market is booming.
And, truth be told, any young individual – right now – isn’t too concerned about security.
It’s darkly humorous, that a young someone – while crossing a street – could be so engrossed, fixated on personal text . . . that he or she forgets a prime bit of personal information might be exposed (as easily as being blind to an oncoming car).
Like hungry sharks, hackers thrive on exposure. Humor is as humor does – as in “Groundhog Day” humor – but there’s no do-over when personal ID info is stolen.
And an observation: Is the avenue to less self-responsibility a potential highway for “Big Brother” oversight?
These are troubling issues. “Back door” hackers say they already have a solution for kill-switch smartphone protection. Personal responsibility is paramount . . . but can kill-switch technology solve the problem?
Complacency says “No.” The watchword is common sense . . . so “Big Brother” doesn’t become the norm.
The Blanch Law Firm is asking: How soon will smartphone security become “insecurity”?
If kill-switch technology is the future, does it give a prosecution the tool to invade a person’s personal space?
These are serious questions.
– Stephen Heath-Jones