H.R.4065 - Smartphone Theft Prevention Act

To require mobile service providers and mobile device manufacturers to give consumers the ability to remotely delete data from mobile devices and render such devices inoperable. view all titles (2)

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  • Short: Smartphone Theft Prevention Act as introduced.
  • Official: To require mobile service providers and mobile device manufacturers to give consumers the ability to remotely delete data from mobile devices and render such devices inoperable. as introduced.

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Official Summary

Smartphone Theft Prevention Act - Amends the Communications Act of 1934 to require commercial mobile service providers to make available on mobile devices a function that an account holder may use remotely to: (1) delete or render inaccessible all information relating to the account holder

Official Summary

Smartphone Theft Prevention Act - Amends the Communications Act of 1934 to require commercial mobile service providers to make available on mobile devices a function that an account holder may use remotely to:
(1) delete or render inaccessible all information relating to the account holder that has been placed on the device;
(2) render the device inoperable on the global networks of such service providers, even if the device is turned off or has the data storage medium removed;
(3) prevent the device from being reactivated or reprogrammed without a passcode or similar authorization after the device has been rendered inoperable or has been subject to an unauthorized factory reset; and
(4) reverse any such actions if the device is recovered by the account holder. Prohibits a mobile device from being manufactured in the United States or imported into the United States for sale or resale to the public, unless the device is configured in such a manner that a service provider may make such remote deletion and inoperability functions available on the device. Allows the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to waive such requirements with respect to any low-cost mobile device that:
(1) is intended primarily for voice-only mobile service, and
(2) may have limited data consumption functions focused on text messaging or short message service. Prohibits service providers from charging a fee for making such remote deletion and inoperability functions available.

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