Moved this out of the politics category, because I think it’s worth being seen by more people. Please refrain from going full pol, but go ahead and tear it to bits haha
Ooo, I missed this the other day.
EU legislation is so needlessly obtusely presented, but the link to the text passed is below.
If this is actually developed properly, it looks like it’ll force manufacturers to either make their products more repairable, or give consumers easier ways of getting their products repaired - either through availability of parts, or through the manufacturer. It also calls for most standardisation of parts, so consumers have more choice when repairing their devices. I’m sure there’ll be a lot of exceptions in this when it comes to devices like computers, which have a lot of intellectual property tied in, but for household electronics this could be great.
As well as that, this bit of gold it tacked on
- Stresses that goods with digital elements require particular attention and that the following elements should be taken into account within the review of Directive (EU) 2019/771 to be carried out by 2024:
a. corrective updates – i.e. security and conformity updates – must continue throughout the estimated lifespan of the device, according to product category;
b. corrective updates should be kept separate from evolutive updates, which must be reversible, and no update must ever diminish the performance or responsiveness of the goods;
c. consumers must be informed by the seller at the moment of purchase of the period during which updates to the software supplied on purchase of the goods can be expected to be provided, in a way that is compatible with innovation and possible future market developments, as well as of their specificities and impacts on device performance, to ensure that the goods maintain their conformity and security;
All of this is done with the caveat of the EU Commission creating the legislation by 2024, “in consultation with the relevant stakeholders,” so there is very much the potential for this to be heavily watered down.
Also, this picture hahahahahaha