The governor Jerry Brown of California signed a law on Monday according to which all the smartphones that are sold in California will require to include a smarter antitheft technology, through which lawmakers have hopes of reducing phone thefts.
This bill was introduced by Mark Leno, the State Senator and was sponsored by the district attorney of San Francisco, George Gascon. It needs a kill switch through which a smartphone would be rendered useless after it is stolen. As per the law, all the smartphones in California should include in from July 2015.
A kill switch is a software through which the phone can be disabled by the consumers if it has been reported stolen. Reactivating it is possible only with a personal identification number or a correct password. The proponents of the bill have argued that if this antitheft technology is widely adopted, the phone theft would be reduced to a great extent because criminals would find it difficult to get stolen phones resold.
Senator Leno said in a statement that with these efforts, the incentive for stealing smartphones would be wiped out and this crime of convenience would be curbed.
In May, Minnesota was the 1st state that required a kill switch for all the smartphones that were sold there. But, the California bill is unusual and in that it requires manufacturers such as Motorola Mobility, Samsung and Apple to ship smartphones with anti-theft technology turned on by default.
In San Francisco, there were around 2,400 phones that were stolen last year. There was a 23 percent rise from the year 2012, as per San Francisco police. There was a growth in phone thefts in Washington and New York. This is double the 1.6 million devices that were stolen in the year 2012, as per consumer reports.