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California Signs Smartphone Kill Switch Into Law

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Aug 26, 2014, 7:15 AM   by Eric M. Zeman

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. Lawmakers believe that allowing smartphones owners to render their device unusable after it is stolen will reduce the appeal to thieves, who won't be able to use or sell them. Minnesota enacted a similar law earlier this year, and the CTIA Wireless Association said all carriers will support kill switches by July 2015, too. Apple already added a kill switch functionality to iOS, and Google and Microsoft are working on similar tools for Android and Windows Phone.

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Aug 27, 2014, 9:05 AM


What a waste of California taxpayer dollars signing this crap into law.
Because California. Dumb politicians being dumb as usual. I'd rather have control over the killswitch over the carrier. I have an iPhone so I can do it myself, but the carriers don't need their hands in it.
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