US President Joe Biden is expected to lead the US Federal Trade Commission to create new ‘Right to Repair’ rules that could affect companies like Apple.
As reported by Bloomberg, the order is expected to include “mobile phone manufacturers.” If included, Apple may need to open up more repair options for both third-party repair shops and customers themselves.
While the agency will ultimately decide the size and scope of the order, the presidential directive on the right to repair is expected to list cell phone makers and Defense Department contractors as potential areas of regulation. Tech companies such as Apple Inc. and Microsoft Corp. have imposed limits on who can repair damaged consumer electronics, such as game consoles and mobile phones, which consumer advocates say increases repair costs.
The president’s directive will come in the form of an executive order that is anticipated to be similar to the ‘Right to Redress’ rules in the European Union.
The executive order, which is expected to be published in the next few days, is broadly designed to drive “greater competition in the economy, serving lower prices for American families and higher wages for American workers,” said the White House economic adviser Brian Deese. Friday.
The Biden Administration’s effort comes as the European Commission has also announced plans for new redress right rules that will govern smartphones, tablets and laptops. Environmental activists have said that restrictions on repairs encourage waste by making consumers more likely to dispose of damaged items due to the high cost of repair.
While Apple has rejected the right to repair in the past, the company has more recently opened repairs to more vendors and provided more official documentation and parts to repair shops. However, the company has maintained certain restrictions, citing consumer safety.