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June 20, 2014: Smartphone Kill Switch

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Jeffrey Powers

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June 20, 2014: Smartphone Kill Switch

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2014 – Microsoft and Google agree to the Kill switch technology. In a California bill SB-967, Smartphones built after July 1, 2015 will consist of a hardware or software option to “kill” the phone. Further, a $500 to $2,500 fine will be issued to anyone selling a stolen phone.

Once switched, the device will not be able to turn on, even during a hard reset.

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