California has just signed a bill into law requiring that future smartphones sold in the state come with a kill switch installed as default.
RWCW A Houston woman was recently being mugged when she refused to hand over her Samsung Galaxy phone to the mugger. While outside her friend’s house, the woman said that she was approached by a male who told that if she didn’t hand over her phone, he would shoot her. Her response? “I’m not giving you my phone sir.” – CNET She then prepared to be shot and shortly was shot. After the shot was fired, the woman’s friend dragged the victim into her house where the mugger then tried to enter the friends house. “We were both pushing on the…
A “kill switch” bill went before California state Senate this week. The bill would have made it mandatory for device manufacturers to install a method for rendering stolen devices inoperable. After the votes were tallied, 19 in favor and 17 against simply did not meet the 21 votes needed to pass the bill.
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We explore the idea of smartphone kill switches as legislation is presented in the U.S. to make them a legal requirement. What would a kill switch offer over current solutions, what are the potential drawbacks, and would it work anyway?
The South Korean government has introduced legislation which requires all domestic smartphones to be manufactured with a built-in kill switch that will render any stolen smartphones inoperable even if it’s formatted.
Samsung is said to be working on delivering a kill switch feature for smartphones as soon as July. Would you feel safer knowing that such an anti-theft feature exists?
US prosecutors from New York and San Francisco are calling for smartphones to be built with a “kill switch” which can be used to deactivate the device if it’s reported stolen, the aim being to deter would-be thieves.
Due to a major rise in smartphone theft, New York’s Attorney General has summoned several companies for a discussion about implementing a kill switch button into future devices.