US campaigners call for phone 'kill switch'

Campaigners want smartphone industry to introduce mandatory "kill switch" to curb phone theft.

    A dedicated police unit in New York has been set up to fight criminals who steal mobile phones.
     
    It is a serious problem in the US but smartphone companies have been refusing to help stop it.

    A new campaign is calling for a security feature that would allow users to lock out criminals from operating the device or accessing personal information.

    Al Jazeera's Kristen Saloomey reports from New York.


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