Kill-switch Phone Security Act of 2014 filed in Congress
House Bill No. 4511 or the “Kill-switch Phone Security Act of 2014” has been recently filed in Congress which aims to mandate telcos to equip all their postpaid mobile phones with a kill-switch software.
The Kill-switch Phone Security Act of 2014, authored by Ang Mata’y Alagaan Representative Lorna Q. Velasco, is an act that requires all cellphone network service providers to “pre-install a reliable and perfectly functioning kill-switch software” in all their mobile phones that they provide to postpaid subscribers to enable them to remotely disable it or erase all data therein when reported stolen.
“The enactment of this bill into law will effectively weaken, if not eliminate completely, the black market for stolen cellphones which in turn will necessarily lead to a reduction in crimes related to mobile cellphones.”