iOS 7 Activation Lock feature faces government tests

Apple’s new Activation Lock feature for iOS 7 will be tested by prosecutors today to see if would-be thieves can still use a stolen iPhone 5. The tests are being headed by New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and San Francisco District Attorney George Gascón, who previously challenged Apple and other companies to actively combat theft of mobile devices. “While we are appreciative of the efforts made by Apple and Samsung to improve security of the devices they sell, we are not going to take them at their word,” Schneiderman and Gascón said in a joint statement. Samsung’s Galaxy S4 is also being tested. “Today we will assess the solutions they are proposing and see if they stand up to the tactics commonly employed by thieves.” [via CNET]

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