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First smartphone ‘kill switch’ law signed in Minnesota

15
May
2014

On July 1st, 2015, it will be illegal to sell a smartphone in Minnesota without antitheft software preinstalled. Thats because Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton just signed the first so-called \kill switch\ bill into law. The idea is that if smartphone owners can always remotely disable and wipe their phones after theyre stolen, it will deter criminals from stealing them at all. Strangely, the actual text of Minnesotas \kill switch\ bill doesnt actually require a kill switch at all.

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