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US campaigners call for phone 'kill switch'

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

Last updated: 01 Jun 2014 03:52
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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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