In recent years, various US states have tried to enforce “the right to repair” laws, but so far no one has succeeded – often under pressure from companies that make money from being alone in repairing their own products, such as Apple.
Now reports Bloomberg that a first step is being taken towards a national introduction of such rules. President Joe Biden is expected to instruct the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) in the next few days to draw up rules for the right to repair.
The main target for the rules should be farmers and companies that sell agricultural machinery, such as John Deere and Caterpillar. White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki mentioned the group at a news conference on Tuesday, saying the executive order “will give them the right to repair equipment they own as they wish.”
In the technology industry, Apple has been the most critical of this type of legislation, and usually claims, among other things, that the introduction of the right to repair would expose iPhone users to security threats and other problems. Apple has baked code into iOS that causes an Iphone not to work properly after a repair that has not been verified via the company’s special software.
Even within the EU, tentative steps have begun to be taken towards demands for simpler and cheaper repairs of electronic products.