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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 “pre-loaded or downloadable” anti-theft tool.

And how, might you ask, is the industry receiving such an act? Jamie Hastings, vice president of external and state affairs for CTIA, the mobile industry trade group, told the Star Tribune that such a law is unneeded:

“Given the breadth of action the industry has voluntarily taken, we question if the Minnesota bill was unnecessary,” he said. “State-by-state technology mandates stifle innovation to the ultimate detriment of the consumer.”

Minnesota becomes first state to mandate anti-theft tech in cell phones | Ars Technica.

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