Smartphone 'Kill Switch' Law Takes Shape In Calif.

Law360, Los Angeles (February 7, 2014, 4:14 PM EST) -- California legislators will propose a law requiring AT&T Inc., Apple Inc. and other wireless companies and retailers to equip smartphones and tablets sold in the state with a "kill switch" that would render the devices inoperable if stolen, state officials said Friday.

Lawmakers plan to roll out Senate Bill 962 in an effort to curb smartphone theft, which is at an all-time high, according to a statement issued by state Sen. Mark Leno, D-San Francisco, and San Francisco District Attorney George Gascon.

If passed, the law...
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