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Minnesota first state to require mandatory smartphone kill switches

Minnesota becomes the first U.S. state to make smartphone anti-theft mandatory, with the law officially going into effect on July 1, 2015.

Published Sun, May 18 2014 10:55 AM CDT   |   Updated Sat, Aug 8 2020 10:29 AM CDT

Minnesota has become the first state to make kill switches mandatory, following Governor Mark Dayton's decision to sign the bill into law last week. The new law will go into effect on July 1, 2015, and all smartphones sold in Minnesota must have some type of antitheft - or kill-switch technology - pre-installed on phones sold to consumers.

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The California Senate recently passed a smartphone kill switch bill, which must be approved by Governor Jerry Brown, as the smartphone industry is still unsure of kill switches.

Police authorities throughout the United States have called for some type of smartphone theft legislation - around 1 in 3 robberies in the United States led to smartphone loss, the Federal Communications Commission noted. However, officials from the CTIA-The Wireless Association said mandatory laws aren't necessary due to voluntary kill switch initiatives that wireless carriers and smartphone manufacturers have agreed to.

An experienced tech journalist and marketing specialist, Michael joins TweakTown looking to cover everything from consumer electronics to enterprise cloud technology. A former Staff Writer at DailyTech, Michael is now the West Coast News Editor and will contribute news stories on a daily basis. In addition to contributing here, Michael also runs his own tech blog, AlamedaTech.com, while he looks to remain busy in the tech world.

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