Force Cell-phone Carriers to Release Life-Saving Information

Missing Persons

Target: Rep. Kevin Yoder, R-Kan.

Goal: Pass a law that requires cell-phone carries to release life-saving information to police in the event of an emergency.

The mother of Kelsey Smith, the 18-year-old who was abducted in 2007, and whose body was found days later after police searched the area nearest the cellular tower last used by her cell phone, is now partnering with U.S. Congressmen to demand that a law be passed that makes it mandatory for cell phone companies to immediately release all pertinent information in the case of an emergency. Kelsey’s mother insists that Verizon Wireless, the company that serviced her daughter’s phone, should have immediately handed over all information regarding usage from Kelsey’s phone when Kelsey first went missing. Instead, the company waited four days after her disappearance to release the information to authorities. Her body was found one hour after the information was received.

Laws currently in place allow cell phone companies to release information to police; however it does not require them to do so. Rep. Kevin Yoder, R-Kan., plans to introduce a new bill that would require such information to be released. He hopes that the law, named after Kelsey, will pass, and will save the lives of rape, abduction, and murder victims. Most victims of abduction are murdered shortly after their disappearance, so making this information available immediately upon request is very important.

Cell phone companies now have such information at their disposal, so making it available to authorities in emergency situations costs them nothing. Such a simple request could save so many lives. Help Yoder pass Kelsey’s Law on the national level.

THE PETITION:

Dear Rep. Kevin Yoder,

Thank you for supporting Kelsey Smith’s mother in advocating for the implementation of Kelsey’s Law, which requires all cell-phone companies to disclose pertinent information to authorities in the event of an emergency. Kelsey’s Law has the potential to save thousands of lives and could solve many missing person cases.

That lawmakers have failed to pass Kelsey’s Law in past years is difficult to imagine, and simply unacceptable. Please do everything in your power to ensure that this law is passed as soon as possible. It costs the cell phone companies nothing to make this information available to authorities when necessary, and it is imperative that this information be available immediately upon request, as far too many victims are murdered shortly after abduction, leaving a very limited amount of time for authorities to intervene. Accept my support of Kelsey’s Law, and push this law through to save the lives of victims like Kelsey.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo credit: Keith Tyler, Wikimedia

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