Cellphone "kill switches" will be required in California

Aug 26, 2014 12:33 PM by News Staff

Governor Jerry Brown signed a bill Monday aimed at protecting your cell phone from thieves.

SB 962 will require every cellphone sold in California to have a "kill switch". Cellphone theft has become a common crime in California and in Sacramento alone, 22 percent of robberies involve the theft of smartphones.

Senator Mark Leno created the legislation aimed at giving victims the power to kill a stolen smartphone. Smartphone manufacturers will be required to build phones with a kill switch starting in July of next year. If your smartphone is stolen you can go online, via any computer and enter your information and the phone will be disabled.


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