We'll help you get your next fix... maybe, we'll think about it, says FTC: 'Right to repair' mulled

www.theregister.co.uk | 3/14/2019 | Staff
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America's trade watchdog says it will soon mull over and potentially propose rules to protect folks' right to repair their phones, tablets, and PCs, among other things, without voiding warranties or breaking the things.

The FTC this week announced it was seeking research and comments from the public in advance of a workshop event it was planning for July 16.

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That event, titled "Nixing the Fix: a Workshop on Repair Restrictions," will take a close look at how companies are preventing their customers from being able to fix and tinker with their own devices, typically with threats of warranty voiding or just straight up blocking people with glue, custom screws, and sealed boxes.

In particular, the FTC said it will be looking into whether manufacturers that limit or restrict the ability to repair equipment are acting in violation of the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act, a 1975 law that outlines the obligations companies have to explain and uphold their warranties and the legal rights customers have.

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"The workshop will discuss some of the issues that arise when a manufacturer restricts or makes it impossible for a consumer or an independent repair shop to make product repairs and...
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