Gov. Mark Dayton signs the new anti-theft law on Tuesday.

Gov. Mark Dayton

Minnesota has became the first state in the nation to enact a state law mandating a “preloaded antitheft functionality or [option] of downloading that functionality” for all phones sold in the state as of July 1, 2015.
“This law will help combat the growing number of violent cell phone thefts in Minnesota,” said Governor Mark Dayton in a statement released at the signing ceremony on Tuesday.
The new law comes just a month after the leading mobile phone manufacturers and service providers imposed their own voluntary measure. That new “Smartphone Anti-Theft Voluntary Commitment” stipulates that new phones made after July 2015 will have a “preloaded or downloadable” anti-theft tool.
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