Senators propose the Smartphone Theft Preventation Act; bill would require kill switch on a new phone

Senators propose the Smartphone Theft Preventation Act; bill would require kill switch on a new phone
Last week, we told you that in California, legislation has been proposed that would require all smartphones sold in the state to include a kill switch. The theory is that with the inclusion of a way to remotely brick a phone, thieves wouldn't be so quick to continue to rob people of their Apple iPhone 5s, or Samsung Galaxy S4.

Now, the Smartphone Theft Prevention Act has been proposed by Senator Amy Klobuchar, who cites stats showing that one out of every three robberies includes cellphone theft. One of the other Senators co-sponsoring the bill is Barbara Mikulski (D-MD). Senator Mikulski says that victims of a smartphone theft should not have to be a victim again when their personal data is stolen out of their phone.


Others involved in the bill are Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) and Mazie Hirono (D-HI). If the bill is passed into law, each phone sold in the U.S. would have to include a free kill switch. The carriers would have the burden of providing the technology to all of the phones on its network.

source: SenatorAmyKlobuchar via AppleInsider

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