Officials want smartphone "kill switch" to stop thefts

The attorney general in New York and the district attorney in San Francisco are calling on smartphone-makers to install a "kill switch" in handsets to stem the increasing theft of devices and related criminal activity, including assaults and murders. The move has the support of consumer-advocacy organizations and law enforcement. "The smartphone industry has a responsibility to take action to end the rising and increasingly dangerous epidemic of smartphone theft," San Francisco District Attorney George Gascón and New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said in a statement.

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