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  • CA Gov. Jerry Brown Signs 'Kill Switch' Bill


    Jerry Brown, the Governor of California, has just signed into law a bill passed by the California state legislature that will require all smartphones to offer a so-called "kill switch" by next year.

    For Apple, this is a significant development, as ALL smartphones -- including the iPhone -- sold in the state next year will have to come with the kill switch so that the device can be "rendered inoperable" should they fall into unsavory hands.

    The wording of the bill clearly defines what all smartphones sold in the state will be required to feature by July 1st, 2015:

    Any smartphone that is manufactured on or after July 1, 2015, and sold in California after that date, shall include a technological solution at the time of sale, to be provided by the manufacturer or operating system provider, that, once initiated and successfully communicated to the smartphone, can render the essential features of the smartphone inoperable to an unauthorized user when the smartphone is not in the possession of an authorized user. The smartphone shall, during the initial device setup process, prompt an authorized user to enable the technological solution. The technological solution shall be reversible, so that if an authorized user obtains possession of the smartphone after the essential features of the smartphone have been rendered inoperable, the operation of those essential features can be restored by an authorized user. A technological solution may consist of software, hardware, or a combination of both software and hardware, and when enabled, shall be able to withstand a hard reset or operating system downgrade and shall prevent reactivation of the smartphone on a wireless network except by an authorized user.
    The full text of the bill can be reviewed here.

    Source: CDN
    This article was originally published in forum thread: CA Gov. Jerry Brown Signs 'Kill Switch' Bill started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 7 Comments
    1. dsg's Avatar
      dsg -
      and whats to stop them disabling your smart phone that you paid for, I don't agree with this law; it's time Big Brother pissed off
    1. Kotin6006's Avatar
      Kotin6006 -
      It's never going to work. A smart phone is just a computer. Once you have physical access to it you can do what you want with it. Well as long as you know what you are doing.
      I don't understand why they are pushing so hard for this on phones and never have on laptops.
    1. joffa's Avatar
      joffa -
      Well actually as far as I'm concerned this is not about "unauthorized users"..... I see it as a kill switch for THEIR convenience alot like the Internet KILL SWITCH if the masses use it against the masters like they did with the internet in Egypt a few years ago to stop people communicating to each other in case of civil unrest, as they did with Twitter and their smart phones, to organise protests etc..... We know this New World Order wants us contained...

      Just a thought
    1. cooldesi's Avatar
      cooldesi -
      how Different is this with the current "Find My Iphone" security features that IOS already has ? You can remotely wipe the phone and can make it impossible for anybody to re-activate the phone if you dont know the password.
    1. Jahooba's Avatar
      Jahooba -
      I can understand why they're doing this. When people get their phones stolen they probably flood the police with stolen property reports. The police have MUCH better things to do than waste time on such reports.

      Quote Originally Posted by cooldesi View Post
      how Different is this with the current "Find My Iphone" security features that IOS already has ? You can remotely wipe the phone and can make it impossible for anybody to re-activate the phone if you dont know the password.
      This is going to be a requirement for all smartphones, not just the iPhone.
    1. jwil736's Avatar
      jwil736 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Jahooba View Post
      This is going to be a requirement for all smartphones, not just the iPhone.
      I think what they mean is, will Find my iPhone be sufficient to meet these requirements or will Apple have to go back to the drawing board.
    1. StuG III's Avatar
      StuG III -
      This isn't about combating thievery it is just about stupid Big Brother