California lawmakers have rejected a bill that would mandate “kill switches” on smartphones sold in the state.
Under the proposal, all smartphones in California were to be sold with software that could render a phone unusable in the event of theft. However, California’s state senate shot down the bill with a 19-17 vote. It required 21 votes to pass.
Those who backed the bill wanted the new legislature to protect the users from rapidly rising smartphone theft; the rejection, they claim, favors big industry.
“With their no vote, 17 members of the Senate chose to protect billion-dollar industry profits over the safety of the constituents they were elected to serve,” …
Via: Mashable: Tech