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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.

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.

Calif. governor signs smartphone 'kill switch' bill into law - CNET


Aug 25, 2014 ... California on Monday became the first state to require that antitheft ... on Monday, after it passed the state legislature earlier this month. A smartphone kill switch enables an owner to lock down a phone if it is stolen, rendering it inoperable. ... The law will apply to smartphones -- not tablets or other devices ...

California “Kill SwitchBill Could Be Used to Disrupt Protests ...


Aug 15, 2014 ... This week the California legislature passed a bill that requires all ... Although created to deter smartphone theft, this kill switch mandate could actually ... Police could use the kill switch to shut down all phones in a situation they ...

Bad Idea: California Legislature Passes Bill To Mandate Mobile ...


Aug 13, 2014 ... And, it will probably be even more tempting for law enforcement for a variety of ..... Re: a kill switch makes stealing phones less valuable,.

William P. Schmitz, Jr. - University of Illinois Law Review


Jan 29, 2016 ... Companies created “kill switches” in hopes that this anti-theft method will .... Will Kill Switch Laws Stifle Innovation in the .... consumerreports.org/cro/news/2014/ 04/smart-phone-thefts-rose-to-3-1-million-last-year/index.htm;.

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


Apr 15, 2014 ... Apple, Samsung, mobile carriers to debut anti-theft kill switch in 2015. Voluntary industry move appears to get ahead of pending anti-theft bill. ... Voluntary Commitment” stipulates that new phones made after July 2015 will ...

Outsmarting the Outlaws - National Conference of State Legislatures


Jun 1, 2014 ... As cell phone thefts soar, lawmakers look for ways to protect consumers and ... could save about $2.6 billion a year if cell phones came with “kill switches. ... Kill switch legislation also has been introduced in at least three ... In addition, pending legislation in New York prohibits wireless phone providers from ...

California passes smart phone 'kill switch' law - CSMonitor.com


Aug 12, 2014 ... A bill passed Monday in the California legislature says that all smart ... July 2015 will need a 'kill switch' to render them inoperable in case they get stolen. ... 2013 saw more than 3.1 million smart phones stolen in the US alone ...

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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.

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?

Smartphone 'kill-switch' bill headed to California governor - CNET


Aug 11, 2014 ... One in 10 smartphone owners in the US has had a phone stolen, according to the ... The kill-switch bill passed the California State Assembly last week. ... Smartphone kill switch could save US consumers $3.4B, study says · California ... "I commend the Legislature for standing up to the wireless industry and...