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On The Heels Of California, Senate Introduces “Kill-Switch” Bill For Mobile Phones

The bill comes after the Golden State proposed similar legislation last week.

On The Heels Of California, Senate Introduces “Kill-Switch” Bill For Mobile Phones
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That kill-switch idea has been picking up steam. Last week, California legislators introduced a bill that would require mobile devices to come equipped with a way to render them inoperable if lost or stolen, and now it’s catching on a national level.

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Four Democratic senators have proposed a bill that would mandate mobile device manufacturers to build in a way to remotely wipe and disable stolen phones. Though the Senate bill proposes giving all consumers a kill-switch option, they are not required to enable it.

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Based in San Francisco, Alice Truong is Fast Company's West Coast correspondent. She previously reported in Chicago, Washington D.C., New York and most recently Hong Kong, where she (left her heart and) worked as a reporter for the Wall Street Journal.

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