The on-again, off-again saga of smartphone kill switches in California is now officially on-again, as Governor Jerry Brown (D) Monday signed a bill mandating the anti-theft features as of July 2015.
Mobile security expert Jeff Rubin argues that despite its value to help deter theft, California's proposed smartphone 'kill switch' bill isn't the panacea that it might appear to be.
Efforts in California to require mobile device kill switches live on again, as the state senate has pased a bill mandating the anti-theft feature for all smartphones sold in that state.
Efforts to make mobile device kill switches mandatory in California have failed--for now. But mobile phone makers and mobile service providers have voluntarily agreed to add optional kill switch features as of July 2015.
Mobile phone makers and service providers have agreed to add optional kill switch features to smartphones manufactured after July 2015.
The adoption of kill switches in mobile phones could save consumers $2.6 billion annually if made mandatory, a move which has strong support by the public, a new study reveals.
California lawmakers introduced a bill that would require a "kill switch" for every mobile smartphone or tablet sold in the state.
From government officials to federal prosecutors, people are calling for mobile device manufacturers to install "kill switches" on all new handsets before they go to market.