Minn House, Senate approve "kill switch" measure

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Minn House, Senate approve "kill switch" measure

May 8, 2014 Updated May 9, 2014 at 11:00 AM CDT

St. Paul, MN (NNCNOW.com) - Minnesota could become the first state in the US to have a law that would prevent smartphone theft.

Lawmakers in both the House and Senate approved the legislation this week for an anti-theft "kill switch" function.

It will allow the owner to remotely disable their device if it's lost or stolen. The measure also criminalizes selling stolen phones on the black market.

Nearly one in three U.S. robberies involve phone theft, according to the FCC.

Lost and stolen mobile devices — mostly smartphones — cost consumers more than $30 billion last year.

The bill now heads to the Govern's desk.

Written by Kevin Jacobsen
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