Seven years security updates to mobile users in Germany


German government is urging mobile manufactures to offer security updates for devices up to seven years or at least 6 years so that it could increase the life of usage of phones to over 5 years.

Already a proposal in this regard has been passed on to the European Union that also makes it mandatory for manufacturers to supply spare parts for their supplied devices to almost 70-90 months of time frame.

Earlier, that is in the year 2019, Brussels proposed a similar law that made it mandatory for the companies producing smart phones to offer software security updates for at least 5 years.

Following the same and in fact increasing the time frame by two years, Germany is urging all smart phone supplies including Apple Inc and Samsung to push repairs & updates for over two years longer.

European Commission will be the authority to take a final decision on the proposal and reports are in that the executive branch of the European Union has already contacted all OEMs to disclose their decision by this year’s end.

Meanwhile, the Digital Europe Industry Association had reacted on the news and stated that some proposed points were not at all possible for the OEMs to follow as they need to increase the costs of the device in order to full-fill the wants of the German government.

Note 1- The proposal also has a point included in it that the OEMs their devices must be mandatorily repaired in a time of ‘5 working days’, failing which the manufacturer should provide a new handset to the consumer or hand over a compensation in the fiat currency that ensures at least half the amount of the device at the time of purchase.

Note 2- What if the manufacturers jack up the prices and make them unaffordable to the normal public…?

Naveen Goud
Naveen Goud is a writer at Cybersecurity Insiders covering topics such as Mergers & Acquisitions, Startups, Cyber Attacks, Cloud Security and Mobile Security

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