updated 03:53 pm EDT, Fri June 20, 2014
Upgrade to Windows Phone 8.0 and above will incorporate fixes
A blog post by Microsoft's vice president of government affairs reveals that the company will update its Windows Phone operating system to comply with the CTIA's Smartphone Anti-Theft Voluntary Commitment program. Microsoft will expand its "Find my Phone" feature and add features similar to Apple's iOS 7 "Find My iPhone" security measures to accommodate the requirements of the program, and will meet the July 2015 deadline proposed by the group.
The CTIA is an industry trade group that represents the international wireless telecommunications industry. Its members include cellular, personal communication services and enhanced specialized mobile radio providers and suppliers, and providers and manufacturers of wireless data services and products. CTIA is governed by a 35-member Board of Directors composed of six officers and 29 directors drawn from across the industry.
Windows Phone 8.0 and above will offer new features to comply with guidance, which include the ability to remotely erase personal data from the phone, render the phone inoperable by unauthorized users, prevent reactivation or setup of the phone without the explicit permission of the authorized user, and the ability to reverse inoperability if the smartphone is recovered following a loss.