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States, privacy advocates battle over phone 'kill switch' - USA Today


Oct 22, 2014 ... A handful of states are pursuing legislation to require cellphone manufacturers to ... the legislation, which will be considered when the Legislature convenes in February. ... Can a 'kill switch' cut the rate of smartphone theft?

Mandatory Smartphone 'Kill Switch' Becomes Law in Minnesota ...


May 14, 2014 ... It's the nation's first law requiring smartphones and tablets sold in the state to have remote ... People who report a kill switch-equipped phone lost or stolen can disable it and wipe the data ... Federal legislation also is pending.

10 things to know about the smartphone kill switch | PCWorld


Jun 24, 2014 ... Some estimates say 1 in 3 thefts in the U.S. involve a smartphone. ... The kill switch will “render the device inoperable on the network of any provider of commercial mobile service or ... Pending federal legislation says Jan.

How Cops and Hackers Could Abuse California's New Phone Kill ...


Aug 26, 2014 ... The law raises concerns about how the switch might be used or ... databases and anti-theft applications that cell-phone owners can use.

Smartphone Theft Down in SF, NY, London as 'Kill Switches' Spread ...


Feb 11, 2015 ... Some phone makers have enabled the feature ahead of pending legislation. ... In California, where a law requiring kill switches has yet to go into effect, ... agencies that hoped it could help reduce smartphone thefts. According ...

'Kill switch' will come to U.S. phones in 2015 - CNN.com


Apr 16, 2014 ... The "kill switch," a system for remotely wiping data and shutting down ... people to protect personal information if their phone is lost or stolen. ... In Minnesota, the state legislature could pass a mandatory kill-switch bill as early ...

California's smartphone kill switch bill has been signed into law ...


Aug 25, 2014 ... Law that requires anti-theft tools out of the box goes into effect next July .... Android Lollipop has a 'kill switch' that can make stolen phones ...

Apple, Samsung, mobile carriers to debut anti-theft kill switch in 2015


Apr 15, 2014 ... Voluntary industry move appears to get ahead of pending anti-theft bill. ... mandate an anti-theft kill switch, the leading mobile phone manufacturers and service ... after July 2015 will have a “preloaded or downloadable” anti-theft tool. ... Sections of the bill also note that smartphone theft was up 12 percent in ...

Cell Phone Kill Switches Mandatory in California - Schneier on ...


Aug 29, 2014 ... http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billNavClient.xhtml?bill_id= ... It supposes that 1) the thief knows the phone will have the kill switch ...

A 'kill switch' to deter smartphone theft: It's the right call - LA Times


Apr 22, 2014 ... A 'kill switch' to deter smartphone theft: It's the right call ... Cellphone manufacturers and wireless carriers could put an end to the growing number of smartphone thefts by ... A bill pending in Sacramento, SB 962 by state Sen.

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Smartphone 'kill switch' law takes effect in California - CNET


Jul 1, 2015 ... Starting July 1, smartphones sold in the state must come with software that lets users lock a stolen phone so it can't be used, making it harder to ...

California passes law mandating smartphone kill switch | PCWorld


Aug 25, 2014 ... Smartphones sold in California will soon be required to have a kill switch that lets ... phones solely for California means the kill switch is expected to be ... state in the U.S. to pass legislation aimed at reducing smartphone theft.

California Legislature passes 'kill switch' cell phone bill - SFGate


Aug 12, 2014 ... "The manufacturers have indicated that they will implement this ... Mark Leno introduced the bill requiring antitheft kill switches on cell phones.