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Minnesota passes nation’s first smartphone ‘kill switch’ law
Washington Post ^ | 5/15/2014 | NIRAJ CHOKSHI

Posted on 05/15/2014 3:53:54 AM PDT by markomalley

Minnesota on Wednesday passed the nation’s first law requiring smartphones to have the ability to be remotely disabled. 

The law requires smartphone manufacturers to introduce so-called “kill switches” in devices to allow users to make lost or stolen phones unusable. In so doing, the state hopes to remove the incentive for such robberies, which are on the rise. A Consumer Reports survey released last month found that 3.1 million Americans had cellphones stolen in 2013, nearly double the 1.6 million thefts reported the previous year. Some of those robberies can become violent, as was the case for a Minneapolis mayoral candidate who received nine stitches after being assaulted by teenage thieves in December. 

“This law will help combat the growing number of violent cellphone thefts in Minnesota,” Gov. Mark Dayton said in a statement to announce the bill’s signing. Minnesota is the first state to pass such a law. A similar measure is working its way through the California legislature.

Between 30 percent and 40 percent of robberies in cities involve cellphones, according to Federal Communications Commission statistics from 2012. The number of cellphone thefts last year rose in San Francisco, New York, Washington and Philadelphia, the Huffington Post reported.

Businesses and industry groups have argued against imposing kill switch mandates because they could pose risks, such as mistaken or malicious disabling of devices.

(Excerpt) Read more at washingtonpost.com ...


TOPICS: Extended News; Government; US: Minnesota
KEYWORDS: killswitch; minnesota; smartphones

1 posted on 05/15/2014 3:53:54 AM PDT by markomalley
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To: markomalley

Once again, the gubmint knows best.


2 posted on 05/15/2014 3:56:15 AM PDT by Izzy Dunne (Hello, I'm a TAGLINE virus. Please help me spread by copying me into YOUR tag line.)
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To: bamahead; null and void

ping


3 posted on 05/15/2014 3:57:29 AM PDT by markomalley (Nothing emboldens the wicked so greatly as the lack of courage on the part of the good -- Leo XIII)
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To: markomalley

This sounds good, but when you are talking on the phone and someone grabs it, how are you going to press the kill button on the phone? This sounds like another “nice idea” with very little results. I guess the best is that MAYBE if they allow the various phone companies to “kill” the phone that might be the better way.


4 posted on 05/15/2014 3:57:34 AM PDT by napscoordinator (Governor Scott Walker 2016 for the future of the country!)
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To: markomalley

More Nanny state rules. My iphone already has this feature. Let the market and consumers decide.


5 posted on 05/15/2014 3:57:39 AM PDT by FatherofFive (Islam is evil and must be eradicated)
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To: napscoordinator
This sounds good, but when you are talking on the phone and someone grabs it, how are you going to press the kill button on the phone?

remotely from the PC. iCloud has a function where I can remotely find my phone, or disable it.

6 posted on 05/15/2014 3:59:13 AM PDT by FatherofFive (Islam is evil and must be eradicated)
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To: napscoordinator

There are applications that will allow a user to remotely kill/lock/erase the phone. I think Apple has one for its iPhone.


7 posted on 05/15/2014 3:59:39 AM PDT by Gaffer
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To: Gaffer
There are applications that will allow a user to remotely kill/lock/erase the phone. I think Apple has one for its iPhone.

The thing is that this "kill switch" would be controlled by the phone carriers...and, consequently, the government.

8 posted on 05/15/2014 4:02:03 AM PDT by markomalley (Nothing emboldens the wicked so greatly as the lack of courage on the part of the good -- Leo XIII)
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To: Gaffer

There are two different issues - closing your account, and bricking the phone. All of the providers will let you close your account, and all of those that are using SIMs will let you unregister the SIM. Either of these will prevent thieves from using your phone on your dime. But they won’t prevent a thief from installing a new SIM.


9 posted on 05/15/2014 4:04:50 AM PDT by jdege
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To: markomalley

My thoughts exactly! With the flip of a switch, no more pesky citizen journalists taking those embarrassing pictures of government overreach.


10 posted on 05/15/2014 4:08:24 AM PDT by sueQ
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To: markomalley

This will fix NOTHING in the way of crime.

It will be used for the wrong purposes by the .gov however.

The ONLY reason this went through is because some scumball mayor got mugged.


11 posted on 05/15/2014 4:10:36 AM PDT by mabarker1 (Please, Somebody Impeach the kenyan!!!! Once again dingy hairball, STFU!!! You corrupt POS!!!)
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To: markomalley

Try locking the scumbags up for 20 years to life for violent theft and threats. Criminals know they will not serve time now.


12 posted on 05/15/2014 4:14:06 AM PDT by soycd
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To: sueQ
With the flip of a switch, no more pesky citizen journalists taking those embarrassing pictures of government overreach.

Or of LEO's in action.

13 posted on 05/15/2014 4:16:10 AM PDT by southern rock
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To: markomalley

I have a sim pin #. Every time I turn on the phone I have to input the number. That goes to the network to be verified before I can make a call, use the net. Then another pin to unlock the phone. They can have the phone...I can get another, but they won’t be using my account to make phone calls before I can report it..


14 posted on 05/15/2014 4:23:59 AM PDT by Dallas59 ("Remember me as you pass by, As you are now, so once was I, As I am now, so you will be")
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To: markomalley

The death penalty would be more effective.

Eliminate the criminals, eliminate the crimes


15 posted on 05/15/2014 4:25:57 AM PDT by bert ((K.E. N.P. N.C. +12 ..... History is a process, not an event)
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To: bert

What if Minnesota concentrated instead on not providing a haven for Somali criminals?


16 posted on 05/15/2014 4:27:40 AM PDT by relictele (Principiis obsta & Finem respice - Resist The Beginnings & Consider The End)
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To: markomalley

For the longest time the carriers and the phone manufacturers resisted this because they were happy to sell people a new phone once theirs was stolen (and ends up in Asia). A technology that allows the phone to no longer be usable would overnight remove the incentive to commit the robbery in the first place. Enough of an outcry resulted once consumers found out the technology is already here but all these bastards didn’t want to use it, that it’s finally here.

Too many people got robbed of $600-$700 worth of smartphone. Hopefully this will stop it.


17 posted on 05/15/2014 4:30:52 AM PDT by winner3000
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To: markomalley

Question is, is this feature a one way street? Or can it be reversed or even timed out? I’m picturing a protest or demonstration... The on scene commander realizes he and his troops are going to have to get physical to break this up. It is going to get ugly. But the controlling elite don’t want any pesky and inconvenient pictures and video showing up on the news. He signals one of his men. That support troop slowly pans a megaphone like device across the restless and unruly crowd. All smartphones in that crowd are now bricked, completely disabled. Maybe they auto reactivate after 24 hours. Maybe you have to go to the police, who will cite you for disturbing the peace and unlawful assembly before activating your phone. In effect they are holding your other pictures, emails, and contacts hostage...


18 posted on 05/15/2014 4:46:42 AM PDT by ThunderSleeps (Stop obarma now! Stop the hussein - insane agenda!)
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To: markomalley

3.1 million stolen

yah

I believe that

(sarc off)


19 posted on 05/15/2014 4:47:04 AM PDT by RockyTx
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To: markomalley

Big Brother will soon be...

...disabling your cell phone.


20 posted on 05/15/2014 4:55:43 AM PDT by WayneS (Don't blame me, I voted for Kodos.)
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To: markomalley
“This law will help combat the growing number of violent cellphone thefts in Minnesota,” Gov. Mark Dayton...

If my cell phone turned violent, I would crush it and throw it away. I would NOT wait for it to be stolen.

21 posted on 05/15/2014 4:56:56 AM PDT by WayneS (Don't blame me, I voted for Kodos.)
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To: winner3000

GREAT!

And obviously there is not danger of an oppressive government mis-using this feature, so it’s ALL good!

/s


22 posted on 05/15/2014 4:59:28 AM PDT by WayneS (Don't blame me, I voted for Kodos.)
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To: Izzy Dunne

If some one steals my cell now do I not call the provider and they shut it down.
May be the do gooders will try to push a braclet that talks to the device as they are trying to push for guns.
Then they perp can cut you hand off and take the bracket too.


23 posted on 05/15/2014 5:03:06 AM PDT by CGASMIA68
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To: southern rock

same thing LEO=Gmnt


24 posted on 05/15/2014 5:04:22 AM PDT by CGASMIA68
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To: markomalley

Cell service providers can already effectively “kill” a stolen device, if they wanted to. Each phone associates a unique ESN with an account. If they would disallow authentication of a device with a stolen ESN, the market for stolen phones would evaporate.


25 posted on 05/15/2014 5:26:14 AM PDT by Sgt_Schultze (A half-truth is a complete lie)
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To: markomalley

Its much better when states try stuff like this than the Federal government, lets see how it goes.


26 posted on 05/15/2014 5:30:49 AM PDT by sickoflibs (Obama : 'I never said that you can keep your doctor . Republicans lie about me ')
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To: markomalley; Abathar; Abcdefg; Abram; Abundy; albertp; Alexander Rubin; Allosaurs_r_us; amchugh; ...
State governments dictating product features....what could possibly go wrong?!



Libertarian ping! Click here to get added or here to be removed or post a message here!

27 posted on 05/15/2014 6:12:59 AM PDT by bamahead (Few men desire liberty; most men wish only for a just master. -- Sallust)
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To: FatherofFive

My Sprint phone can be located, to within 50 feet, locked and I can turn on a very annoying alarm, all from any PC.


28 posted on 05/15/2014 6:27:27 AM PDT by GregNH (If you can't fight, please find a good place to hide!)
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To: markomalley

And on of the the “unintended consequences” of this technology will be that the government can turn off the portable camera of those capturing images of government abuse.


29 posted on 05/15/2014 6:33:25 AM PDT by Blue Collar Christian (Vote Democrat. Once you're OK with killing babies the rest is easy. <BCC><)
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To: markomalley
The thing is that this "kill switch" would be controlled by the phone carriers...and, consequently, the government.

We have a winner here folks. No more entries please.

They are doing this to increase their power, not yours.

30 posted on 05/15/2014 6:54:19 AM PDT by zeugma (Don't cry because it's over, smile because it happened - Dr. Seuss (I'll see you again someday Hope))
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To: mabarker1
The ONLY reason this went through is because some scumball mayor got mugged.

And he probably had some *cough* inappropriate selfies on his phone.

31 posted on 05/15/2014 6:55:39 AM PDT by zeugma (Don't cry because it's over, smile because it happened - Dr. Seuss (I'll see you again someday Hope))
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To: zeugma

LOL!!! Yep


32 posted on 05/15/2014 6:57:34 AM PDT by mabarker1 (Please, Somebody Impeach the kenyan!!!! Once again dingy hairball, STFU!!! You corrupt POS!!!)
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To: markomalley

The 2nd ammendment provides the real solution, a kill switch for thieves!


33 posted on 05/15/2014 7:04:06 AM PDT by CSM (Keeper of the Dave Ramsey Ping list. FReepmail me if you want your beeber stuned.)
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To: markomalley
the state hopes to remove the incentive for such robberies

...or just cause the robbers to kill you so you can't turn it off. That's about how it usually works when the government decides they're going to "help" you.

Never forget the nine most frightening words in the English language:"I'm from the government and I'm here to help! "

34 posted on 05/15/2014 7:09:21 AM PDT by Still Thinking (Freedom is NOT a loophole!)
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To: zeugma

Ah! The weiner- phone!


35 posted on 05/15/2014 7:11:18 AM PDT by Still Thinking (Freedom is NOT a loophole!)
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To: WayneS

I bet your guns and SUV don’t get out of line!


36 posted on 05/15/2014 7:16:10 AM PDT by Still Thinking (Freedom is NOT a loophole!)
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To: markomalley

Violation of the first amendment.


37 posted on 05/15/2014 7:18:08 AM PDT by CodeToad (Arm Up! They Are!)
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To: FatherofFive

Yes, but the phones end up going overseas where they get defaulted back to new and resold. They have a barcode so why don’t they just make the phone companies check that to see if it was stolen?


38 posted on 05/15/2014 7:24:17 AM PDT by US_MilitaryRules (Did you just get off the short bus or what?)
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To: markomalley; COUNTrecount; Nowhere Man; FightThePower!; C. Edmund Wright; jacob allen; ...

Nut-job Conspiracy Theory Ping!

To get onto The Nut-job Conspiracy Theory Ping List you must threaten to report me to the Mods if I don't add you to the list...

39 posted on 05/15/2014 7:31:48 AM PDT by null and void (When was the last time you heard anyone say: "It's a free country"?)
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To: null and void

California will be right behind


40 posted on 05/15/2014 7:37:24 AM PDT by Nifster
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To: jdege
All of the providers will let you close your account, and all of those that are using SIMs will let you unregister the SIM. Either of these will prevent thieves from using your phone on your dime. But they won’t prevent a thief from installing a new SIM.

For most phone-saving programs, yes. But it depends on how the program is set up. My buddies made a Android program, SeekDroid, that runs off the imei for your device. So even if a thief pulls the SIM/replaces it, SeekDroid'll still be able to locate/lock the phone. The only way to get around it would be to reflash the phone with another ROM.
41 posted on 05/15/2014 8:02:18 AM PDT by Svartalfiar
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To: markomalley

Minnesota - the land of ‘we don’t get it’ and we’re proud of it...


42 posted on 05/15/2014 8:22:11 AM PDT by GOPJ (Obama - when will you tell radical muslims to stop clinging to their guns & religion?)
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To: markomalley

Cops will love this when you are ‘caught’ filming them in public beating someone.


43 posted on 05/15/2014 10:50:38 AM PDT by Organic Panic
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To: markomalley

And here I thought this was about giving our government (yeah the one that is supposed to work for us) the power to kill our communications, the cell system and the internet.


44 posted on 05/15/2014 10:51:32 AM PDT by apoliticalone
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To: Still Thinking

No, they do not.

;-)


45 posted on 05/15/2014 11:37:46 AM PDT by WayneS (Don't blame me, I voted for Kodos.)
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To: Gaffer; napscoordinator

I have an “application” I can “press” which allows me to remotely kill the guy who just grabbed my cell phone - but it didn’t come from Apple.


46 posted on 05/15/2014 11:40:49 AM PDT by WayneS (Don't blame me, I voted for Kodos.)
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To: WayneS

I have that same app too:o)


47 posted on 05/15/2014 11:49:49 AM PDT by Gaffer
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To: WayneS

lol. I think that is the best ever.


48 posted on 05/15/2014 12:04:45 PM PDT by napscoordinator (Governor Scott Walker 2016 for the future of the country!)
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To: markomalley

Why not put a kill switch in a six pack of beer.

Put a capsule of hemlock in each can that can be remotely triggered to mix upon opening a tin of suds.


49 posted on 05/15/2014 4:47:04 PM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously-you won't live through it anyway-Enjoy Yourself ala Louis Prima)
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To: winner3000

People steal smart phones when they rob somebody so that the victim cannot call for help.


50 posted on 05/16/2014 8:18:47 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (The new witchhunt: "Do you NOW, . . . or have you EVER , . . supported traditional marriage?")
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