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California's 'kill Switch' Bill Is One Step Away From Becoming Law

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On Monday, a California bill that would require all smartphone makers to preinstall an antitheft device that enables consumers to permanently shut down their phones (i.e. the 'kill switch') passed a final vote in the state's Senate. Before it becomes law, however, the bill must be signed by the governor, who has 12 days to take action.
Lawmakers have been calling for manufactures and wireless carriers to include antitheft technology on smartphones for some time now. The idea is to deter smartphone theft, which has been rising across the country (last year, over 3 million Americans had their smartphones stolen, up from 1.6 million Americans in 2012), particularly in tech hubs such as San Francisco and New York.
Related: Here's One Big Reason Mobile Carriers Don't Want a 'Kill Switch' on Smartphones
While legislation that requires smartphone manufacturers to equip devices with a kill switch already exists in Minnesota, California’s bill goes one step further: If passed, instead of simply offering the kill switch, manufacturers would be obligated to walk consumers through the setup process when they purchase a new smartphone.
If the bill is signed into law, smartphones manufactured after July 2015 and sold in California must include a preinstalled kill switch, which users will be prompted to activate when purchasing a new device.
Related: Watch Out: Here's Where Your Smartphone Is Most Likely to Get Stolen (Infographic)
“Our goal is to swiftly take the wind out of the sails of thieves who have made the theft of smartphones one of the most prevalent street crimes in California’s big cities,” State Senator Mark Leno, who introduced the bill, said in a statement.
For a long time the CTIA – the industry trade group that represents leading phone manufacturers and service providers – was against the kill switch, voicing concerns that it would enable hackers to remotely disable smartphones. But in April, against the backdrop of skyrocketing smartphone theft, the trade group changed its tune, and announced that over a dozen providers (including Apple, Google, Samsung, AT&T, T-Mobile, Verizon, and Sprint) will offer free downloadable antitheft devices for all new phones made after July 2015.
 

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think they should have embedded software that SHUTS THEM OFF anytime they exceed 10 MPH. wouldn't be hard to do with a simple GPS program
 

kk6gun

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You can jailbreak or root your phone and install a custom rom to help prevent this. People are already re-writing the code to keep presidential messages and weather alerts out of their phones.
 

Captain Kilowatt

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think they should have embedded software that SHUTS THEM OFF anytime they exceed 10 MPH. wouldn't be hard to do with a simple GPS program

In that case it should be done with two way radios, stereos etc etc. The MAJOR flaw in your idea is that passengers in vehicles such as cars, buses, or even trains would not be able to use them including in an emergency or for work related to the operation of said vehicles. Cell phones do not cause accidents any more than guns kill people. It is the fault of the idiots that misuse them in both regards.
 
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