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Stolen Phone: California Bill Adds “Kill Switch” to Smartphones

Aug 14, 2014 | litigation

Have you ever had your phone stolen by a thief? Currently, cell phone theft accounts for more than half of all crimes committed in California.

California senator, Mark Leno, wants to solve this issue. His bill would require adding a “kill switch” to all smartphones sold in California. This “kill switch” would render the stolen phone inoperable, making it difficult to be sold in the black-market. Leno’s bill passed in the Senate on August 11, 2014.

The bill will now go to Governor Jerry Brown for his signature. If signed, all smartphones sold in California, beginning in July 2015, will have to feature the “kill switch” function.