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  • Cellphone "Kill Switch" Bill to be decided on by the Governor of California


    The California State Senate recently passed a bill which is said to protect against smartphone theft by requiring manufacturers to turn on a “kill switch” when a device is first activated. This is actually a feature that Apple currently already employs in iOS as an opt-in feature. The bill which was introduced by State Senator Mark Leno (D-San Francisco) was seen as a way to discourage smartphone thefts, which is an increasingly popular issue in some major metropolitan areas. As of right now, the bill awaits the governor's approval.

    This particular Californian bill is joined by a federal anti-theft proposal dubbed the Smartphone Theft Prevention Act, which calls for all cellphones sold in the US to include free kill switch technology. Back in April, several tech giants including Apple, Google, HTC, Huawei, Microsoft, Motorola, Nokia and Samsung alongside all five major US cellular providers showed their support for the CTIA’s “Smartphone Anti-Theft Voluntary Commitment.” The CTIA program was however an opt-in program which according to Senator Leno is not enough when it comes to resolving the smartphone thefts occurring nationally.

    As far as Apple goes, the Cupertino California company already incorporates a remote locking mechanism into iOS with Find My iPhone. The feature uses an app and iCloud service connection to track, lock, disable and wipe data from any compatible iOS device. Furthermore, Apple introduced the Activation Lock feature in iOS 7 as another security measure last year as well.

    How do you feel about the bill passing? Do you agree with the stance that is being favored? Share your thoughts and comments below!

    Source: The Wall Street Journal
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Cellphone "Kill Switch" Bill to be decided on by the Governor of California started by Akshay Masand View original post
    Comments 4 Comments
    1. Raptor2213's Avatar
      Raptor2213 -
      Taking control away from the users is never a good thing. I fully agree with an opt-in program, but it should be fully optional from the user perspective.
    1. sheltons.iphone's Avatar
      sheltons.iphone -
      The next step will be the government selectively shutting off cell phones.
    1. Al226's Avatar
      Al226 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Raptor2213 View Post
      Taking control away from the users is never a good thing. I fully agree with an opt-in program, but it should be fully optional from the user perspective.
      I agree!! I wanna have at least the option to use it or not, but not have it forced upon me by default.
    1. SpiderManAPV's Avatar
      SpiderManAPV -
      The five major cellphone carriers? Obviously Verizon, Sprint, T-Mobilr, and AT&T, but who's number 5?