Laws about cell phones and other technologies have always been hard to pinpoint and as technology changes, these laws have to change as well. Mobile devices are a specific area of concern because they have so much personal information on them, yet they are easy to lose or can get stolen.
That’s where California tried to bridge the gap. Cell phones that are purchased in the state of California will have to have what is called a “kill switch” that lets the owner of the phone lock the phone remotely and delete all information on the phone if it is lost or stolen. This law was passed on August 25th, 2014, and will apply to all mobile devices sold in the state of California after July of 2015.
While its legal boundary does not go past the state’s borders, the wastefulness of creating telephones exclusively for California implies the kill switch is required to be embraced by telephone producers on mobile devices that are sold in the United States and around the world. Of course, according to many people, this is a good thing and should be implemented anyway. It can keep people safe and prevent issues like identity theft that often occur after a phone has been lost or stolen.
The law requires that, if activated by the customer or phone owner, the kill switch will lock a handset to basically make it unable to be used. The device must be introduced and initiated in new cell phones; however, clients will have the capacity to deactivate it if they would have a reason to do so. The kill switches must also be near impossible to hack or crack, so that potential thieves cannot get past the system after it has been put in place.
Police can additionally utilize the instrument, yet only within the rights of the law. That gives police the capability to cut off telephone benefits in specific circumstances. As you may expect, those circumstances have the exception of in a crisis that may result in death or physical harm. In those cases, emergency mode may be able to be kept intact while all other services cannot be used.
The law doesn’t detail how the kill switch locks the telephone, or what happens to the information on the telephone when it’s locked. Every phone company can develop their own kill switch technology and implement it how they wish to.