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The FTC adopts new and seemingly right to repair-friendly policies

A smartphone in need of repair. (Source: YouTube)
A smartphone in need of repair. (Source: YouTube)
The United States' Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has announced a crackdown on practices that make it harder for citizens or even organizations to fix electronics themselves or seek alternatives to first-party services. The Commission asserts that these new measures will benefit businesses and consumers alike.

The United States' FTC has acknowledged the effect of "repair-restrictive" techniques that are geared towards making it harder to restore many types of consumer electronics (particularly mobile devices such as phones) on those that use them, "small businesses, workers, consumers, and even government entities" included.

The Commission has observed that these practices include many phenomena that users, not to mention device-repair bloggers or vloggers, might face after a durability disaster. They include making the tools, software or methods necessary for repairs all but exclusive to first-party repair channels, not to mention the steady uptick in the difficulty involved in getting a device apart in order to replace any damaged parts in the first place.

The FTC has concluded that these strategies "significantly" harm consumers and businesses by driving up costs or killing competition by discouraging third-party repair. Furthermore, they may increase e-waste. Therefore, the Commission has announced that it will use its own tools "to root out unlawful repair restrictions" going forward.

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Deirdre O'Donnell, 2021-07-24 (Update: 2021-07-24)