California Signs “Kill Switch” Law to Help Reduce Phone Thefts


The governor Jerry Brown of California signed a law on Monday according to which all the smartphones that are sold in California will require to include a smarter antitheft technology, through which lawmakers have hopes of reducing phone thefts.

This bill was introduced by Mark Leno, the State Senator and was sponsored by the district attorney of San Francisco, George Gascon. It needs a kill switch through which a smartphone would be rendered useless after it is stolen. As per the law, all the smartphones in California should include in from July 2015.

A kill switch is a software through which the phone can be disabled by the consumers if it has been reported stolen. Reactivating it is possible only with a personal identification number or a correct password. The proponents of the bill have argued that if this antitheft technology is widely adopted, the phone theft would be reduced to a great extent because criminals would find it difficult to get stolen phones resold.

Senator Leno said in a statement that with these efforts, the incentive for stealing smartphones would be wiped out and this crime of convenience would be curbed.

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