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Deactivation switch

Crusher using Data's deactivation switch in 2364

A deactivation switch, or off switch, was a component of Soong-type androids. Located in the small of the back, this switch could be activated by a press of the fingers. Paired with the switch were a number of small projections. These projections, as Data defined them, were "an android alarm clock". They measured the time this type of android remained unconscious. If the switch was repeatedly pressed, as happened to Data by Lore, the android could appear he suffered from seizures.

During the reassembly of Lore in 2364, Data confided with Doctor Beverly Crusher on the location and use of the deactivation switch. (TNG: "Datalore")

In 2365, Commander William T. Riker used the switch in a demonstration to prove that Data was only a machine and nothing more. (TNG: "The Measure Of A Man")

On or about Stardate 45208, Doctor Beverly Crusher, under the influence of a mind control device which resembled a kind of futuristic video game but was actually part of an attempt by the Ktarian people to take over the Federation, used the deactivation switch to incapacitate Data because she and her cohorts knew that Data would be immune to the effects of the game. (TNG: "The Game")

During the events of Star Trek: The Next Generation - Perchance to Dream, it was revealed that all security staff on the Enterprise-D were aware of the location of Data's off switch in the event of an emergency, and knew that a level one phaser beam on the switch would be enough to trigger it.
In the alternate future witnessed in Imzadi, Data has had the switch disabled, saying that "it became a nuisance".

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