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A bill working its way through California’s legislature (AB-2110 Electronics: Right to Repair Act) would require electronics manufacturers to make repair and diagnostic information, as well as equipment and/or service parts, available to consumers and repair shops. As written, the bill would allow cities, counties or the state to impose civil penalties of up to $5,000 per day, depending on the number of violations.
Assemblymember Susan Talamantes Eggman, the bill’s sponsor, said in a statement the bill would restore “a practice that was taken for granted a generation ago,” and that repairing electronic devices both cuts down on material usage and stimulates local economies.
“We should be working to reduce needless waste … repair should be the easier, more affordable choice and it can be,” Emily Rusch, Executive Director of the California Public Interest Research Group, said. Tim Sparapani, a consumer privacy advisor for the Security Innovation Center, said in an emailed statement that the bill “is laced with unintended consequences” that could make California consumers more vulnerable to cyber threats, which “outweigh any potential benefits.”