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San Francisco DA Gascon Welcomes Wireless Industry’s Commitment To Smartphone ‘Kill Switch’

A trade group for wireless providers said Tuesday that that nation’s biggest mobile device manufacturers and carriers will soon put anti-theft tools on the gadgets to try to deter rampant smartphone theft.

04/15/2014

San Francisco District Attorney George Gascon. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Samsung Appeases San Francisco DA’s Request For Smartphone Anti-Theft Feature

In a major victory for San Francisco’s District Attorney George Gascon, Samsung has agreed to make anti-theft features available on its latest smartphone.

04/04/2014

People check out Samsung's new Galaxy S4 during its unveiling on March 14, 2013 at Radio City Music Hall in New York.  The slim, feature-rich Galaxy S4 was introduced as Samsung's  new champion in the fiercely competitive smartphone arena, scheduled to roll out in 155 countries in late April.     (DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images)

California Lawmakers Urge Adoption Of Smartphone ‘Kill Switch’ Legislation

A growing epidemic of smartphone thefts prompted state lawmakers to announce Friday new legislation that would require the devices to come equipped with an anti-theft deterrent known as a “kill switch.”

02/07/2014

A Samsung Galaxy S4 smartphone. (Don Emmert/AFP/Getty Images)

Smartphone ‘Kill Switch’ Bill Heads To State Legislature

Two state officials have announced plans to introduce legislation requiring smartphones to have a “kill switch” that would render stolen or lost devices inoperable.

12/19/2013

Surveillance video shows a group of thieves stealing a woman’s iPhone on a San Francisco Muni bus. (CBS)

Carriers Reject San Francisco DA’s Push For Stolen Phone ‘Kill Switch’

District Attorney George Gascon said Monday that AT&T Inc., Verizon Wireless, United States Cellular Corp., Sprint Corp. and T-Mobile US Inc. rebuffed Samsung’s proposal to preload its phones with Absolute LoJack anti-theft software as a standard feature.

11/19/2013

A man uses two smartphones. (Indranil Mukherjee/AFP/Getty Images)

San Francisco Lawmakers Push For ‘Kill Switch’ To Curb Cellphone Thefts

District Attorney George Gascon is calling on Silicon Valley companies to create new technology such as a “kill switch” to permanently and quickly disable stolen smartphones to render them worthless.

05/04/2013

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About The Bay: San Francisco DA’s Plan To End Rampant Cellphone Thefts

The theft of cellphones is becoming a rampant problem in San Francisco. District Attorney George Gascon said he has a plan to help solve the issue.

04/22/2013