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CNET News Video: 'Kill switch' sought as answer to phone theft epidemic

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CNET News Video: 'Kill switch' sought as answer to phone theft epidemic

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A group of law enforcement officials wants the smartphone industry to allow phones to be rendered useless if stolen or lost. The officials are hoping to get the feature into phones by next year.

-Have they developed deterence, have they developed technology that hasn't been installed? We want to raise public and shareholder awareness about practices in this area. And we are prepared to elevate the issue as much as we have to to get the right result. -On August 18th of last year, my precious daughter, Megan, lost her life 'cause someone wanted her cell phone. We know the person was trying to steal a cell phone-- we said, "That's what I've been told." And must have met with some resistance from my daughter, and he then shot her twice. -We need to act quickly to stop the growing trend of violent cell phone thefts because no one should have to lose a sister, daughter, or friend, like my family lost Megan.

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