“With police urging iPod users to be wary of would-be muggers in the face of what some call an ‘epidemic’ of thefts, questions are being raised about whether manufacturers could be doing more to secure the devices,” Matt Hartley reports for The Globe and Mail.
“While iPod maker Apple Inc., has moved in recent years to help customers secure the data on their music players and the company’s popular iPhone, some observers wonder whether the manufacturers are exploiting available technology to combat gadget theft,” Hartley reports. “If the company were provided with a list of serial numbers from stolen devices by police, the argument is that the company could either block those devices from accessing iTunes -preventing the user of the stolen device from updating or adding music – or possibly even track the user’s location using the computer’s IP address.”
“Last year, the U.S. news program Dateline conducted an investigation into iPod thefts and how difficult it would be for Apple to track stolen devices. The reporters “lost” 20 new iPods around the U.S. which included special software that allowed the Dateline crew to record the personal information of whoever registered the device. The crew were eventually able to track down 12 of the 20 iPods,” Hartley reports.
“However, some analysts say that with more than 100 million iPods sold since the device first came on the market in 2001, it may be too costly and time-consuming for the company to track stolen devices,” Hartley reports.The company could also be opening itself up to liability or privacy concerns if it were, for example, to shut down a legitimate iPod by mistake.”
Full article here.
[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Brawndo Drinker” for the heads up.]
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