Calif. Senate to consider "kill-switch" mandate on devices

Lawmakers in the California Senate will today introduce a "kill-switch" bill mandating that device-makers install software, hardware, or both to block users of stolen wireless devices from making calls, accessing the Web or running applications. The wireless industry believes a kill-switch mandate could lead to more risks from hackers and supports the use of a nationwide database to deactivate phones that have been reported stolen.

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