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Germany wants 7 years of security updates for phones


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our current phone might get security patches for several years to come, at least if Germany has its way. C'treports the German federal government is pushing the European Union to require seven years of security updates and spare parts for smartphones as part of negotiations with the European Commission. That's two years longer than a recent Commission proposal, and would effectively give phones a more computer-like support cycle.

 

Both proposals are unsurprisingly facing pushback from manufacturers. The industry advocacy group DigitalEurope (which counts Apple, Google and Samsung as some of its members) wants a requirement for just three years of security updates, and wants to limit spare parts to screens and batteries rather than cameras, speakers and other components that are supposedly more reliable.

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Your current phone might get security patches for several years to come, at least if Germany has its way. C'treports the German federal government is pushing the European Union to require seven years of...

 

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This is not surprising considering the "Right To Repair" movement. I firmly believe this would be a great initiative. Of course companies do not like it as it stifles their ability to maximize on profits on new technology releases. They want to limit your software updates and repairability so they can sell you something new and shiny. I think it is time that it was stopped. Even from a e-waste point of view, this initiative would go a good way to reducing the amount of e-waste we kick out as consumers.

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