August 27, 2014 5:46 PM

California’s embrace of anti-theft technology in smartphones puts a squeeze on thieves

A bill signed by Gov. Jerry Brown of California will require that all smartphones sold in the state after July 2015 include a kill switch, which lets an owner remotely deactivate a phone after it has been stolen. If the history of security technology is any indication, the kill switch could have a substantial effect on phone theft.

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