Legislation unveiled last week in California would require smartphones and other mobile devices to have a “kill switch” to leave them inoperable if lost or stolen. This could be the first law of its kind in the United States.
But, CTIA-The Wireless Association, says a permanent kill switch has serious risks, including potential vulnerability to hackers.
It will be interesting to see what happens. Smartphone thefts are getting ridiculous lately. Surprisingly, no one wants my BlackBerry. Maybe if it was an iPhone.
From The San Jose Mercury News:
State Sen. Mark Leno, San Francisco District Attorney George Gascon and other officials scheduled a news conference about the measure to require any mobile devices sold in or shipped to California to have built-in anti-theft devices.
Leno and Gascon say the measure, which Leno plans to introduce this spring, could deter thieves from stealing smartphones. They believe the bill would be the first of its kind in the United States.
A San Francisco Democrat, Leno joins Gascon, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and other law enforcement officials who have been demanding that manufacturers create kill switches to combat surging smartphone theft across the country.
“With robberies of smartphones reaching an all-time high, California cannot continue to stand by when a solution to the problem is readily available,” Leno said in a statement.