UK Cops Want Compulsory PIN-locks on All Mobile Phones

By Gary Cutlack on at

A taskforce of big-thinking police heads has asked Apple, Samsung and the other phone makers to think about making PIN-locks on phone the default option, to reduce the likelihood of and lessen the impact of theft.

Officers from the Metropolitan Police's National Mobile Phone Crime Unit have been lobbying for the security upgrade for the last two years, according to The Register, with the NMPCU claiming that around 60 per cent of mobile users don't bother password protecting their phones.

The plan is to reverse the current process where buyers of new phones have to head into a menu to turn password protection on, with the idea being that users would be more likely to leave a PIN-lock in place were it to come as the default option. Because people really are that lazy. [The Register]