U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) recently introduced legislation to require a “kill switch” on smartphones to help protect consumers and deter thieves. The Smartphone Theft Prevention Act (S. 2032) would require all phones sold in the United States to include kill switch type technology free of charge that would allow the consumer to wipe their personal data off the phone, render the phone permanently inoperable to anyone but the owner, and prevent it from being reactivated on a network by anyone but the owner. On February 7, 2014, California state Senator Mark Leno introduced a bill in the California Senate which if adopted would require all smartphones and tablets sold in California to come pre-equipped with theft-deterring technological solutions enabled to render the device useless if stolen. If you have any questions regarding these bills, please let us know.