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Calif. lawmakers propose cellphone 'Kill switch'

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February 19, 2014
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Officials in California proposed legislation requiring mobile devices to have a "kill switch" that would render them inoperable if lost or stolen. (Feb. 18) Video provided by AP


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California Law on Anti-Theft Switch for Smartphones Goes to Governor

California Law on Anti-Theft Switch for Smartphones Goes to Governor

TheStreet (Aug. 12, 2014) — A California law which will require smartphones to have a switch allowing users to render the device inoperable when stolen is in the final approval stage. The California Senate passed the so-called kill switch measure on Monday. The bill is now being sent to Governor Jerry Brown for his signature. According to the bill's author, theft of smartphones had been growing along its popularity, and two-third of the robberies in the Bay Area involved smartphones. He said, 'Our goal is to swiftly take the wind out of the sails of thieves who have made the theft of smartphones one of the most prevalent street crimes.' If the governor signs the bill, smartphone makers like Apple and Samsung will need to notify the users when the technology becomes available. It would also require wireless carriers to check user name and passwords associated with phones that were once deactivated before the phones can be used again. Minnesota passed a similar bill earlier this year and lawmakers in New York, Illinois and Rhode Island are considering similar legislation. TheStreet's Julia Sun reports from New York. Video provided by TheStreet
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Google to Boost the Search Result Rankings of Encrypted Web Sites

Google to Boost the Search Result Rankings of Encrypted Web Sites

TheStreet (Aug. 7, 2014) — Google says it's starting to use HTTPS encryption as a ranking signal as part of its effort to make the Internet safer. Google said for now, it's a lightweight signal, affecting fewer than 1% of global queries and carrying less weight than other signals like high-quality content. The company said it's giving webmasters time to switch to HTTPS because in the future, it may decide to strengthen the ranking signal. Websites using HTTP may start to slip down in Google's search results if they don't switch over to more secure encryption. Google said it encourages all Web sites to switch from HTTP to HTTPS to keep Web users more secure. Video provided by TheStreet
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US Wireless Carriers Reject Anti-Theft 'Kill Switch'

US Wireless Carriers Reject Anti-Theft 'Kill Switch'

Newsy (Nov. 20, 2013) — US lawmakers and Samsung were working to create a "kill switch" that would allow owners to deactivate stolen phones, but carriers are rejecting it.
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Smartphone Kill Switch Could Save $2.6B A Year

Smartphone Kill Switch Could Save $2.6B A Year

Newsy (Apr. 1, 2014) — A Creighton University study suggests a smartphone kill switch could save consumers $2.5 billion each year. Video provided by Newsy
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