Germany wants the EU to oblige smartphone manufacturers for 7 years to deliver security updates

According to the proposal sent by the German government to the European Union (EU), smartphone manufacturers should be obliged to supply security updates and spare parts for smartphones for seven years, in order to make this product category better for the environment.

The German federal government has started negotiations with the European Commission on changing the proposals concerning the repair and servicing of smartphones and tablets. While the European Commission is working to oblige device manufacturers to provide parts and support for devices for five years, Germany wants that deadline to be longer.

The EU wants the five-year obligation to provide updates to apply to smartphones and tablets, and for spare parts for smartphones to be five years, and for tablets six years.

In addition to extending the obligations, Germany wants manufacturers to offer spare parts at a “reasonable price”. This includes requiring manufacturers to publish the prices of spare parts, rather than increasing costs over time.

As for the deadline within which the spare parts should arrive at the destination, the Commission plans a maximum limit of 5 working days, but Germany wants faster deliveries.

Germany also supports the Commission’s plans to introduce an energy label and a repairability index, which would show how easily consumers can repair appliances.

While Germany wants the Commission to be stricter, sellers want the opposite. DigitalEurope, of which Apple, Google and Samsung are members, is instead looking for three years of security updates and two years of functional updates.

DigitalEurope believes that spare parts such as batteries and screens should be offered, as other components such as cameras and microphones rarely fail.

The debate between the opposing parties on this topic will last, considering that the EU is expected to present its proposal by 2023.

The European Parliament voted in favor of the concept of the right to repair in November 2020, a resolution calling for a report calling on the European Commission to consider “mandatory labeling, in order to provide consumers with clear, immediately visible and easily understandable information on estimated lifespan and the repairability of the product at the time of purchase “.

Meanwhile, in April 2021, the Spanish government approved a national consumer protection standard, which forces companies to sell products with a three-year warranty, as well as increasing the availability of spare parts from five to ten years.

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