California Governor Jerrry Brown signed a bill to deter smartphone theft via a kill switch. News10/KXTV
A requirement that new smartphones be equipped with a kill switch in the event they are stolen was signed into law by Gov. Brown Monday.
Senate Bill 962 directs smartphones manufacturers to equip their product with anti-theft technology that deactivates the device inoperable if stolen. How manufacturers meet the requirement is up to them.
According to the National Consumers League, 1.6 million Americans had a handheld device stolen in 2012.
The law applies to smartphones made on or after July 1, 2015, and sold in California after that date.