Google and Apple Inc. are among those technology companies which are asked by attorney general of New York to take measures to prevent iPhone thefts and the thefts of handheld devices as well as eliminate black market of many products.
Eric Schneiderman, New York’s Attorney General, wrote to Samsung Electronics, Microsoft Corp., Google and Apple, seeking information regarding what these companies were doing to control thefts of the devices in state, as stated in copies of letters of May 10.
In letter to the Chief Executive of Apple, Schneiderman said that he wants to understand that why the companies which could develop such sophisticated electronics, like the products by Apple, do not create technology that could render the stolen devices as inoperable, thereby eliminating the growing black market where these are sold.
Last year the City Police of New York said that products of Apple in 11447 incidents were stolen the previous year from 1st Jan. to 23rd Sept., a 40% increase within same period during 2011. This compares with an increase of 4% for total index crimes’ number within same period – crimes including the seven major ones like robbery, murder and rape.
Last month, Apple reported 18% decline in the earnings and also acknowledged that this growth would continue to decrease due to contracting profit margins as well as increased competition by Samsung Electronics.
Sales of Apple
Apple was able to sell 37.4M iPhone units as compared to 35.1 million the year before, when the revenue from iPhone surged by 85%. 19.5M iPads were sold by Apple, an increase from the 11.8M. Also, 4M Mac computers were sold.
Colleen Patterson (Apple’s spokeswoman), Jill Hazelbaker (Google spokeswoman), Bill Cox (Microsoft spokesman) and Samsung’s spokesman, James Chung didn’t respond immediately to the e-mails that sought comment regarding letter of New York.
In the letter to companies, Schneiderman referenced to the murder in April 2012 of a chef at the age of 26 at Modern Art Museum in Manhattan, the one who got killed for the iPhone he had, while he was on the way to home, and also an incident in February this year involving 3 people who got stabbed on Queen’s section subway platform in New York during fight over one iPhone set.
The attorney general said that he would especially be concerned if these companies, which might have failed in living up to the representations to the consumers regarding security and safety, have benefited by soaring sales of the replacement devices.
In letter to Eric Schmidt, the chairman of Google, the New York attorney general said that stolen devices’ foreign trafficking has increased a lot and abundance of the domestic resellers in black market mean that the phones do not become unusable, as opposed to the assertion on Google’s website.