Your smartphone is valuable; you know it, and thieves know it, too. The Illinois Attorney General’s office says it is part of a summit with other law enforcement and consumer protection types and representatives of four major cell phone manufacturers. The object is to find a way to disable a smartphone after it’s stolen.


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Natalie Bauer, a spokeswoman for the attorney general’s office, says the principals are “working out the procedure that is most effective in the interest of consumer protection.”

Bauer says the phones are in demand among thieves: “There’s a very robust secondary market, and thieves steal these devices and … update new software, etc., and then move to the secondary market, to the black market, to put these phones up for sale and make a huge profit as a result.”

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