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Smart phone makers in the US would soon be fined if anti-theft measures aren’t installed on their devices.
Lawmakers are set to introduce a new bill requiring all smartphones and tablets sold in the state to include a “kill switch” solution that would lock down a device if it was stolen. The makers would be fined $2,500 on each device sold for ignoring the law.
Lawmakers set the ball rolling when they met with representatives from Apple, Google, Samsung and Microsoft last year. Apple has since won praise for including its Activation Lock feature by default in iOS 7, requiring device owners to set a passcode that stops thieves reactivating a stolen phone. While it would only officially cover California, the new law could force phone makers into a full US rollout, likely upsetting the carriers. If it is signed into law, phone makers will have until January 1st, 2015 to implement a solution.