Gov. Jerry Brown on Monday signed into law a bill requiring that anti-theft measures be incorporated into all smartphones sold within California. The measure applies to phones manufactured after July 1, 2015. Though it doesn’t specify the particular technologies used to enable that capability — both hardware and software solutions are possibilities — Senate Bill 962 does require that the feature, often referred to as a “kill switch,” give smartphone users the ability to remotely disable their devices in the event they’re lost or stolen.
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