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Minn. House OKs Smartphone 'Kill Switch' Bill

Updated: 05/08/2014 7:04 PM
Created: 05/08/2014 7:03 PM WDIO.com

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - The Minnesota House has passed a bill requiring smartphones and cell-connected tablet computers sold in Minnesota to feature an anti-theft "kill switch."

The House backed the bill Thursday by a vote of 73-58. It would apply to all new smartphones and cell-connected tablet computers sold in the state after July 1, 2015.

The kill switch is intended to allow the device's owner to remotely disable it if it's lost or stolen. The legislation also aims to prevent manufacturers and carriers from adding additional fees to customers for access to the technology.

Supporters say the proposal will crack down on cellphone theft in Minnesota. The smartphone industry contends the requirement would not keep up with rapidly-evolving technology.

The Star Tribune (http://strib.mn/1ntBeDC ) reports the Minnesota Senate passed its own version last week.

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Information from: Star Tribune, http://www.startribune.com

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