Minnesota has the nation’s first law requiring smartphones and tablets sold in the state to have remote shut-off devices as a way to deter theft. The “kill switch” bill was signed Wednesday by Gov. Mark Dayton after lawmakers passed it last week.
The Minnesota House took action today to slow down a surge in smart phone thefts: requiring new smart phones to include a “kill switch.” Lawmakers say smart phone thefts make up 40 percent of the robberies in Minneapolis and St Paul, and 62% of robberies at the University of Minnesota.
Minnesota’s U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar has been pushing legislation in Washington to require a “kill switch” in cell phones. Now, smartphone makers and carriers have agreed to add optional kill switches on their own by next summer.
Should Cell Phone companies be required to have a “KILL SWITCH?” Senator Klobuchar talks with Dave….Listen by clicking the above link.
Sen. Amy Klobuchar chose to hold her news conference call Tuesday on phone companies, saying they should put a kill switch in all cell phones at the University of Minnesota.
U.S. Sen Amy Klobuchar will visit the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis to discuss ways to increase student safety. There were 25 reported robberies on campus during the fall semester, many of them targeting cell phones and laptop computers.