Phone Companies May Be Forced to Implement 'Kill Switch' to Deter Smartphone Theft

Episode 1041 (1:36:51)

California Senator Mark Leno has introduced legislation that would force phone companies to implement a "kill switch" to deter smartphone theft. This would make lost or stolen phones inoperable.

The FCC has reported that mobile phone theft makes up 30-40% of all robberies in the United States, and 50% of all street robberies in California. LA has seen a 12% increase over the last year. If the kill switch legislation is passed, the carriers will be able to remotely render a lost or stolen device useless, making it less appealing to thieves. Phone companies have actually resisted this in the past.

California looks to implement 'kill switch' as smartphone theft deterrent (Naked Security)…
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