California Lawmakers Nix Kill Switch Bill
California today failed to pass legislation that would have required cellphone makers to add a kill switch to devices sold in the state. The bill was proposed by California State Sen. Mark Leno and San Francisco District Attorney George Gascon. The men hoped the bill would eventually curb smartphone theft, which they say runs rampant in many cities. According to Gascon, 50% of all thefts in the city of San Francisco involve a smartphone or tablet. Despite the loss, consumers will eventually earn the protections sought by Leno and Gascon. The CTIA Wireless Association recently pledged to add baseline security features to smartphones that will allow consumers to remotely lock, wipe, find, and recover their smartphones. The CTIA's program won't go into effect until the middle of 2015.
California Signs Smartphone Kill Switch Into Law
California Governor Jerry Brown signed a law that will mandate all smartphones to come with a kill switch by July 2015. The law's goal is to curb smartphone thefts.
Google, Microsoft Commit to Smartphone Kill Switches
Google and Microsoft today indicated they will add theft deterrent tools to their respective mobile platforms. The commitment comes after major cities, including New York and San Francisco, saw significant drops in iPhone thefts during the first few months on the year.
Apple iPhone 6 and 6 Plus to Have Kill Switch
Apple's new iPhones will include a kill switch that owners can use to remotely lock or wipe them, reports Reuters. The feature has been part of iOS for several years, but the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus will have the feature turned on by default.
CTIA Says Smartphones Better Protected Against Theft
Beginning today, most smartphones sold in the U.S. will include anti-theft security tools.