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Smartphone 'kill switch' bill clears California Assembly
Smartphone 'kill switch' bill clears California Assembly

Lawmakers in the Assembly approved a measure Thursday to require smartphones sold in the state to have a "kill switch" function that would allow owners to remotely deactivate them. The bill, by Sen. Mark Leno (D-San Francisco), would require all mobile phones manufactured after July 1, 2015 and sold in California to be equipped with a feature that would render it inoperable if the phone is lost or stolen. The measure was sponsored by San Francisco Dist. Atty. George Gason and backed by law enforcement groups, who said the feature would stem the growing rate of smartphone thefts. "None of us should have our lives at risk as we walk down the street because of a device that...

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