News Federal smartphone kill-switch legislation proposed
The bill would mandate a kill switch and remote-wipe capabilities on cellphones
By Martyn Williams
February 13, 2014
Pressure on the cellphone industry to introduce technology that could disable stolen smartphones has intensified with the introduction of proposed federal legislation that would mandate such a system.
Senate bill 2032, “The Smartphone Prevention Act,” was introduced to the U.S. Senate Wednesday by Amy Klobuchar, a Minnesota Democrat. The bill promises technology that allows consumers to remotely wipe personal data from their smartphones and render them inoperable.
But how that will be accomplished is currently unclear. The full text of the bill was not immediately available and the offices of Klobuchar and the bill’s co-sponsors were all shut down Thursday due to snow in Washington, D.C.