California is Latest State to Join the Fight to Pass the “Right to Repair” Bill

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    When it comes to dealing with a broken smartphone, there’s only very little that can be done to help save these devices. This is even harder for Apple device users since they run the risk of losing their warranty. The only option to have the device fixed and keep the warranty is to have the device fixed by Apple or an Apple Authorized Service Provider. If you decide to have it fixed by a third-party repair shop, its warranty will be deemed void. This is an unwise choice, especially if your device is still covered by one.

    Thankfully, today’s news seems to be a step in the right direction; particularly for those in California. Earlier this week, California Assemblymember Susan Talamantes Eggman proposed a bill requiring manufacturers (like Apple) to give their customers an option to fix their devices on their own or somewhere else other than an Apple Store or an approved retailer.

    The bill, called Right to Repair Act, will give product owners and third-party repair shops access to repair information and parts. This way, they can fix the device on their own and not have to worry about losing their warranty.

    As of this writing, only 18 states have proposed a similar legislation. California is only the latest state to follow this direction. The other states include Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Vermont, Vi0rginia, and Washington.

    Although the bill has proposed, it will be a long and trying journey to pass this legislation. The big tech companies have already expressed their opposition to this idea as it includes a security risk to its users. Until now, however, these companies have not been able to disclose the specifics on how this could be a security threat for its users and put them in jeopardy. With the sizable financial and political capital of these tech companies, it will really take a lot to lobby for this legislation to be passed.

    In the other states where this bill has been proposed, there has been a lot of languishing and debate. In New York, for example, this has been an ongoing dialogue of sorts. But with California joining in on the list of states, it could make this proposal stronger; especially since the state already has some of the best repair laws passed.

    For now, however, the battle’s just begun.

    Source: Android Authority

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