Senators propose kill switch bill for smartphones

By Rebekah Penner ,

Lawmakers are working to lower the amount of thefts of smartphones. Senators Amy Klobuchar, Barbara Mikulski, Richard Blumenthal, and Mazie Hirono are pushing for new federal legislation, called the Smartphone Theft Prevention Act, which will require a kill switch for every smartphone.

California recently proposed the legislation for a kill switch, as previously reported. This proposal would require smartphones sold and shipped in California to have a kill switch by 2015. The legislation was proposed to lower phone theft, by enabling owners to render their stolen phones useless.

With the Smartphone Theft Prevention Act, the mandate will require all smartphones to feature a kill switch nationwide, as opposed to just California, according to Tech Times.

The kill switch will prevent thieves from being able to gain personal information from the phone. With the amount of smartphones being used increasing, mobile device theft has also increased very fast. Today, 50 percent of all robberies in major cities, such as New York City and San Francisco, involve smartphones.

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