What is the ‘right to repair’ movement?
- It refers to the right of consumers to be able to repair their own electronics and other products.
The goal of the movement:
- to get companies to make spare parts, tools and information on how to repair devices available to customers and repair shops.
- It wil increase the lifespan of products and to keep them from ending up in landfills.
Reasons behind the start of movement
- Manufacturers of electronic appliances are encouraging a culture of 'planned obsolescence' meaning that devices are designed specifically to last a limited amount of time and to be replaced
- leading to immense pressure on the environment and wasted natural resources.
- Consumers totally depend on manufacturers who make repairs an inordinately expensive affair by limiting technology.
What are the benefits?
- It may give a boost to small repair shops, which are an important part of local economies.
- make repairs less expensive.
- reduce pressures on environment by reducing wastage.
RTP laws in various countries:
- Countries around the world have started passing effective ‘right to repair’ laws.
- US President has signed an executive order calling on the FTC to counter restrictions imposed by companies that resist consumers from reparing their own items.
- The UK introduced right-to-repair rules that would make it much easier to buy and repair daily-use gadgets such as TVs and washing machines.
Opposition to it:
- It has faced strong resistance from tech companies like Apple and Microsoft over the years.
- opening up the intellectual property to third party repairers could lead to exploitation and impact the safety and security of their devices.
- such initiatives threaten data security and cyber security.
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