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Tech: California Signs Smartphone Kill Switch Into Law

California will soon require smartphones to have a kill switch that will let users remotely lock and wipe them in the event they are lost or stolen. The new law, which was signed into effect on Monday, will apply to phones made after July 1, 2015. The lew requires a system that can be triggered by an authorized user, which will lock the device. The kill switch s required to be installed and activated in new smartphones. It will be up to the users if they want to deactivate it. Under the conditions of the existing section 7908 of the California Public Utilities Code the police will also be able to use it. This gives police the ability to cut off phone service in certain situations, and will  requires a court order unless it is an emergency that  “immediate danger of death or great bodily injury” is posed.
“California has just put smartphone thieves on notice,” California State Senator Mark Leno, the sponsor of the legislation, said in a statement. “Our efforts will effectively wipe out the incentive to steal smartphones and curb this crime of convenience, which is fueling street crime and violence within our communities.”






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