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California Requiring Kill Switches On All Cell Phones

  • Reuters, Wednesday, August 27, 2014 8:07 AM

Following Minnesota, California is now the second state in the U.S. to require that smartphones come with a built-in “kill switch.” The measure requires phones made after July 1, 2015, include a feature that allows phone owners to remotely deactivate their devices until they are located, and is the strongest effort yet to halt smartphone theft. In some California cities, that’s said to account for 50% of crimes.

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