Smart phones, as the name indicate are smart and are able to do virtually anything; however, they have not been able to ‘cheat’ theft.
Smartphone theft has been reported to increase in most parts of the world; loss of these gadgets affect the financial budget of the victims in addition to causing some stress that is associated to loss of property.
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In the state of California U.S.A., Mark Leno, a state senator, proposed a kill-switch bill which if passed, will require all Smartphones sold in the State to have the capability to be switched off by the owner if it is stolen. This will result in a useless phone once deactivated by the owner. The bill has garnered support from officials including the police chief and the Federal Communications Commission. Skepticism also exists from other quarters that believe the government will be in control and can kill-switch a person’s rightful phone intentionally and partially violating his/ her freedom of association and communication.
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Phone manufacturers according to the bill will be fined U.S$ 2,500 for each phone they make without this capability. CTIA wireless industry is against the bill saying that it may work against the owners in some situations when hackers intrude the system. It is hoped that the bill will reduce Smartphone theft.