Doug Bedell — December 20, 2013, 1:00 pm

Requirements Sought to Disable Stolen Smartphones

Sophos’ Naked Security reports on pressures to add readily functional “kill switches” to smartphones – that is, remote-controlled security switches that can easily disable lost or stolen phones. A California senator and a district attorney there are hoping to make their state the first to require smartphone manufacturers to provide such a feature.

Believe it or not, the Federal Communications Commission reports that mobile phone theft constitutes “30-40 percent of all robberies across the United States, a crime that cost US citizens $30 billion in 2012.”

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