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Microsoft, Google not doing enough on phone thefts, says San Francisco district attorney

Martyn Williams | July 22, 2013
George Gascón said he thinks Apple and Samsung are progressing on anti-theft features, but not so Google and Microsoft.

Asked if Absolute Software was talking with the two on the Lojack software, CEO Livingstone said his company is "happy to continue to have discussions with Google and Microsoft."

Whatever the current state of development, Apple, Samsung, Microsoft and Google have the same deadline.

"We expect these technological solutions to be available to the public next year and we are going to be holding firm to that demand," he said.

If the companies don't make progress, he held open the option of legislative and judicial moves against the companies. New York State AG Schneiderman has already hinted at as much, citing two parts of state law that deal with deceptive trade practices when he first contacted them about his concerns.

Another option is monetary. Gascón also said he is looking to get the support of those that control major publicly -owned investment funds.

"If we have actors within the industry that refuse to move forward, then we should look at divesting public investments from these companies," he said. "I hope we will get voluntary industry compliance."

 

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