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Phones Equipped With a “Kill Switch” Could Soon Be Mandated in California

This is a very plausible and great idea.

Picture a kill switch on this. (Photo: Twitter)

Preloaded with its own kill switch. (Photo: Twitter)

That so-called “kill switch” equipped to smartphones so they would be quickly disabled they’re stolen might become a reality in California.

State legislators are revealing today a measure that would require manufactures who sell in the state to have the cellphones installed with the option by Jan. 1, 2015.

The plan is a joint effort between State Sen. Mark Leno and S.F. District Attorney George Gascon, reports the Associated Press. For the past several months, Mr. Gascon has been pretty adamant in demanding phone carriers inventing this magic button and if all goes well, his dreams will finally come true.

At a press conference this afternoon, the dynamic duo is expected to explain that the measure will help crack down on thieves stealing smartphones, which account for more than 50 percent of robberies in San Francisco. The bill, which would the first of its kind ever, will be introduced in the spring.

CTIA, a trade group representing wireless companies, isn’t fully onboard of the plan because the functions could be hacked to lock out anyone wanted to reuse the phone, like the original owner or law enforcement. Rather, telcos said they’re working with the FCC on a “national stolen phone database” because the nation needs one huge lost-and-found box.

Somewhere, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is very jealous.

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