Sen. Barbara Mikulski, D-Md., tells U.S. News there’s no reason to
fear legislation that would force cellphone makers to incorporate a
“kill switch” in devices, allowing stolen or lost phones to be remotely
disabled and wiped of personal information.
Mikulski and three Senate colleagues, all Democrats, introduced The
Smartphone Theft Prevention Act on Feb. 12, proposing that the
technology be mandatory for new smartphones. The senators, led by Amy
Klobuchar of Minnesota, cited the Federal Communications Commission’s
estimate that phone theft costs consumers $30 billion annually.
bill would give the FCC authority to compel phone companies to develop
and implement technology allowing victimized and absent-minded phone
owners to disable their devices and clear personal information on
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