Security Policy Brief: What Right to Repair Legislation Means for the Security Industry

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In this video, learn about several recently introduced Right to Repair bills and how SIA is engaging on behalf of members on this issue.

“Right to Repair” legislation, as introduced in several states in 2021, would mandate original equipment manufacturers of digital electronic equipment to provide unauthorized repair providers with diagnostic and repair information, along with tools, related parts and software – but without requiring any of the critical consumer protections afforded by authorized repair networks, such as contractual protections, liability or warranty concerns, training requirements, competency certification or other restrictions.

Secondly, these bills could allow access to technical information and undo the protections the industry has built to thwart cyberattacks and hacking. Home appliances, smartphones, computers, security equipment and other connected devices could all have their data privacy and security measures undermined if these bills were enacted.

Lastly, without any vetting process for unauthorized repair facilities, the potential for consumer harm is significant and undermines the innovations the industry has developed by impacting manufactures intellectual property and copyright safeguards.

Presently, over two dozen states have introduced Right to Repair legislation. The Security Industry Association (SIA) is actively engaging on this issue and working diligently with a robust group of industry representatives called the Repair Done Right coalition to voice the industry’s concerns and ideally to stop any of these harmful bills from passing this session.

If you have any questions about SIA’s activities on Right to Repair legislation, please feel free to contact me at djamali@securityindustry.org.