California Rejects ‘Kill Switch’ Bill for Smartphones

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California lawmakers have rejected a bill that would mandate “kill switches” on smartphones sold in the state.

Under the proposal, all smartphones in California were to be sold with software that could render a phone unusable in the event of theft. However, California’s state senate shot down the bill with a 19-17 vote. It required 21 votes to pass.

Those who backed the bill wanted the new legislature to protect the users from rapidly rising smartphone theft; the rejection, they claim, favors big industry.

“With their no vote, 17 members of the Senate chose to protect billion-dollar industry profits over the safety of the constituents they were elected to serve,” said San Francisco District Attorney and bill sponsor George Gascon. Read more…

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