The BBC contacted Essential Forensics yesterday asking us to comment on the global problem of smart phone and tablet theft and the introduction of kill switch legislation. Only last month our very own Grant Roughley,a senior forensic consultant at Essential Forensics, was invited to go to the BBC news studios in London to discuss how easy it is to erase data from stolen devices , do a factory reset and then sell the phone on as new phone for full market value.
This type of crime has become a massive problem worldwide resulting in drastic action from the USA. Minnesota has become the first US state to apply legislation that says all smart phones and tablets manufactured after July 2015 must be fitted with appropriate anti-theft software as standard. This would mean that if your device is stolen you will be able to track where it is and if necessary delete private and sensitive data remotely.
Smart phones are used more and more in society for business and it is not uncommon for work emails to be accessible via a mobile device. The storage capacity on phones and tablets allows for large amounts of information to be saved and potentially fall into the wrong hands. The public need protecting from this type of crime which is why Minnesota officials have decided to be first to introduce the legislation other countries will soon follow. Boris Johnson the Mayer of London has also backed the policy urging for an international agreement to be developed and put in place.
Essential Forensics have questioned the effectiveness of the use of such software arguing that a kill switch could also result in addition crimes being committed such as hacking.
To read the full article and see Essential Forensics comments about this BBC news story please click on the following link http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-27423519