Apple Founder Steve Wozniak Backs Right-to-Repair Movement
Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak has issued a passionate endorsement of the right-to-repair movement, despite the company’s opposition. From a report: The movement wants laws passed to guarantee users access to information and parts to repair their own devices. “We wouldn’t have had an Apple had I not grown up in a very open technology world,” Mr Wozniak, its co-founder with Steve Jobs in the 1970s, said. “It’s time to recognise the right to repair more fully.” Existing right-to-repair rules in Europe and the US are limited to appliances and vehicles, respectively. And right-to-repair advocates say Apple is one of the fiercest opponents to expanding the legislation to cover consumer electronics. It allows repairs by its own authorised technicians only and does not generally provide spare parts or repair information. And it has reportedly engaged lobbyists to persuade lawmakers repairing devices can be extremely dangerous. But Mr Wozniak, 70, said: “Companies inhibit [the right to repair] because it gives the companies power, control, over everything. “It’s time to start doing the right things.”

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