"The governor signed SB 962 to deter smartphone theft," said Jim Evans, a spokesman for the governor.
The measure applies to phones made after July 1, 2015 to allow the industry to adjust. It was supported by criminal justice leaders including Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck and San Francisco Dist. Atty. George Gascon who note that some phone owners have been injured in robberies. Sen.
"California has just put smartphone thieves on notice," Leno said in a statement. "Our efforts will effectively wipe out the incentive to steal smartphones and curb this crime of convenience, which is fueling street crime and violence within our communities."
The legislation was opposed by some industry groups who argued phone companies were voluntarily taking steps to improve security of phones. But others said government action was needed.
"Once again, California is leading the way on important issues surrounding individual privacy and public safety," said James P. Steyer, founder and CEO of Common Sense Media, noting Smartphones contain a great deal of personal information."
The Leno bill was one of 25 bills signed Monday by the governor.
Brown also signed a measure to encourage the state education board to include the
Assemblyman Chris Holden (D-Pasadena) said he was pleased Brown signed his measure, AB 1912, which he said "underscores the importance of his presidency—the historic nature of it."