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California Smartphone Kill-Switch Law: What It Means
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Shane M. O'Neill
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Shane M. O'Neill,
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8/29/2014 | 12:42:30 PM
Re: How do you kill it?
Thanks Tom. But if your smartphone is gone, a text message code won't do you much good. A phone number you could call to activate the kill would work. But it seems a website covers the bases best. Whatever the medium, it should be quick and easy for an owner to pull the trigger.
Thomas Claburn
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Thomas Claburn,
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8/29/2014 | 12:32:47 PM
Re: How do you kill it?
>Where and how do you actually activate a kill switch? Via a website?

That's the way Apple does it, via iCloud's Find My iPhone. But the law doesn't spell that out so Google, for example, could implement it in a variety of ways. A website makes sense but it could be set up to trigger via a specific text message code, a specific phone number, or some other criteria -- the software listening for the kill message could in theory listen for any distinct event.
Shane M. O'Neill
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Shane M. O'Neill,
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8/29/2014 | 12:20:51 PM
How do you kill it?
Where and how do you actually activate a kill switch? Via a website?
mstechie
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mstechie,
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8/29/2014 | 10:59:19 AM
Secure Profiles
This is more of a question rather than a statement. I am concerned about where the kill switch data or profile is stored at. Is there going to be some central repository or is it based on carriers? I am asking this because apparently there will be some type of Web interface. Will the profile data all be stored on the phone? How secure is this process? Is there a risk of the repository of 'kill switch profiles' being hacked then a mass number if phones could be killed at once. How is this different from Find My Phone or LookOut? Ok, this is more like a short list if questions.
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