Deterring Smartphone Thefts
Governor Jerry Brown recently signed into law the “kill-switch” bill. Starting July 1, 2015, all smartphones manufactured and sold in California must have a “kill-switch” software and/or hardware capability. This anti-theft technology allows a smartphone owner to disable their phone remotely and wipe out all data. Lawmakers hope this new law will deter the increase in smartphone thefts. According to Consumer Reports, the number of smartphone thefts in the U.S. nearly doubled from 1.6 million to 3.1 million between 2012 and 2013, a 94% increase in a single year. Do you agree with Senator Leno that this measure will be a successful deterrent? Read full article here.