Apr 25 2014, 8:07am CDT | by Ahmed Humayun
Despite of the willingness of people to resort to the protection of the kill switch for protection, the bill that would mandate a kill-switch on all smartphones sold in California could not make it through all its stages because it lacked a key vote in state's senate. Known as the Senate Bill 962, it lagged behind 21 votes due to which it could be moved on to the next stage of state assembly. Had it been through all stages, this bill would have been a great accomplishment in the telecommunications sector. Though we are only talking about California here, but ultimately the law would have creeped into to all other states.
The bill was initially propsed by Senator Mark Leno, a Democrat representing San Francisco, who also happens to be the bill sponcor. This was given encouragement due to the rise in robberies of smartphones on California city streets. For those of you who are still not aware of what this smart kill switch does for your phone, it simply allows the phone's owner to remotely lock the phone and disable it in case it is stolen. In order to activate the kill switch, a password would be required which would only be issued by the subscriber or a person of their choosing. Carriers wouldn’t be able to kill a phone. When the concept would fall into the mainstream, theives would most likely be left with little incentive to steal.
“We need to get into the minds of those that have shifted their criminal activities to this new crime, that it’s not worth it,” Leno said of his bill. “That it’s not worth the risk because the benefit will not be there.”
Ahmed Humayun is a technology journalist bringing you the hottest tech stories of the day.
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