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I C E — An open letter to Apple and Google January 31, 2014

Posted by samwyse in Editorials.
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Searching the Apple App Store for “in case of emergency” turns up 65 apps (as of today) that perform provide emergency information about the phones owner on the lock screen. I suspect that searching the Google Play store would turn up at least as many. The problem with these apps is that they place personal information where anyone who picks up your phone can easily see it, and they make your lock screen unattractive. I would like to call on the Apple and Google developers to add this functionality to the stock OS. Yes, this would render a lot of those apps obsolete, but Apple has already shown a willingness to do this by adding a flashlight control iOS 7.