California wants make it so that your phone can be shut off remotely
California is attempting to become the second state to require smartphone makers to implement a kill-switch into their devices. SB 962, which had previously been defeated in a full Senate last May, is expected to be voted on again before the full Assembly on August 7.
The law, should it be passed and signed by Governor Jerry Brown, would require all smartphones that are sold in California to include the ability to be remotely deactivated in the event that the device is lost or stolen. Proponents of the legislation suggest that this ability would prevent the loss of private data and make the theft of such devices less appealing to thieves.
The bill, which is being led by San Francisco’s District Attorney George Gascon, comes shortly after a recent analysis that suggests implementing a kill-switch into smartphones could potentially save con summers as much as $3.4 billion annually.
“If all stolen phones could easily be disabled, criminals would have virtually no incentive to steal a phone in the first place,” said William Duckworth of Creighton University in Omaha. He said that an online survey of smartphone owners showed overwhelming support for the kill-switch option.
Members of the CTIA, hwoever, oppose the bill as they belive its bad public policy for a state to pass its own technical regulations for products that are sold internationally. Former members of the CTIA – including Apple, Microsoft, Google, Samsung, Blackberry, Verizon, and AT&T – however, have recently withdrawn their opposition to the bill.
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