The California Senate on Thursday voted down a state measure that would require smarter anti-theft security on smartphones. The bill, introduced by State Senator Mark Leno and sponsored by George Gascon, San Francisco's district attorney, would have required a so-called kill switch which would render a smartphone useless after it was stolen on all smartphones sold in California. The proposal needed 21 votes to pass in the 40-member chamber. After debate on Thursday morning at the Capitol, in Sacramento, it fell two votes short of passing, with a final count of 19 to 17 in favor.
I am glad this was voted down. In a few years this will likely be a non-issue anyway. Remember when theft of portable GPS units was a big problem? Or car stereos? As the retail price of these devices drop, so will the resale market (legal and illegal).
Yes. So if we find ourselves unable to stop one of these laws going through, we should at least demand that it expires after 5 years or so.