A California state legislator has introduced SB 962, a bill that would require smartphones sold in the state to include a “kill switch” that would “render inoperable” the phone if it’s not in the possession of the rightful owner. California is the largest state in the US, and its laws have in the past become de facto national laws.

The now-ubiquitous publication of privacy policies on Internet websites, for instance, is the result of a California state law.

The state has also led the nation in areas like rules around auto emissions.

While inclusion of the anti-theft technology would be required, the bill also maintains that consumers who wish to disable it be allowed to do so.

The proposed law also requires that the phone be able to “withstand a hard reset,” meaning that it can be restored to the condition it was in when it left the factory.      

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