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[Wired] Police AND hackers could take advantage of California’s phone kill-switch law

27/08/2014

California has passed a law mandating that every phone sold in California come pre-equipped with kill-switch software. The kill switch will allow the owner of the phone to disable the phone if ever stolen or lost. This law has caused concern as it can be abused by the authorities and hackers to access the feature and disable the phone themselves. The Electronic Frontier Foundation opposes the law while tech firms (such as Apple, Blackberry, Google and Samsung) dropped their opposition of the law following a lobbying campaign from law enforcement groups.

Source: Wired