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California Close To Making Smartphone Kill Switch Law
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Msg#: 4694884 posted 4:41 pm on Aug 12, 2014 (gmt 0)

If this proves workable, i'd like to think it's going to be rolled out. If it's build into the phone, it'll probably be on every phone, but only operational when a phone is sold in California.

A bill requiring smartphone makers to include antitheft software on devices sold in California is one step away from becoming law.California Close To Making Smartphone Kill Switch Law [cnet.com]
A bill that mandates antitheft technology to come pre-installed on all smartphones sold in California is headed to the governor after passing a final California Senate vote on Monday.

The bill, introduced by state Sen. Mark Leno and sponsored by San Francisco District Attorney George Gascon, asks that device makers put so-called "kill-switch" technology on every smartphone, though users could choose to opt-out of the security services. The software lets users lock the phone if it is stolen, making it inoperable.

The bill passed with a 27 to 8 vote.

 

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Msg#: 4694884 posted 5:03 pm on Aug 12, 2014 (gmt 0)

Minnesota was first
[usatoday.com...]

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Msg#: 4694884 posted 5:04 pm on Aug 12, 2014 (gmt 0)

Aha! Thanks, I didn't know that.

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