Jarrell Cook

New bill mandates electronics manufacturers share sensitive information with third-parties

By Jarrell Cook, Associate Policy Director

Capitol Update, March 9, 2018 Share this on FacebookTweet thisEmail this to a friend

On March 7, Assembly Member Susan Talamantes Eggman (D-Stockton), announced that she would be introducing legislation that would require manufacturers of electronic devices to divulge diagnostic and repair information, provide service parts, and potentially reveal other forms of sensitive intellectual property related to these devices. Similar bills have been introduced in 17 other states but have failed to be enacted into law after legislators looked more closely at the implications of the measures.

California already has some of the strongest repair laws in the nation. California manufacturers are already required by law to service and repair appliances and electronic devices for three to seven years after it is manufactured, irrespective of whether it is still under warranty. CMTA believes this new measure is not needed to protect consumers and may counter recent legislative efforts to ensure the security of increasingly connected devices.

For more information on how this legislation will affect your company, please contact Jarrell Cook, Policy Director, at jcook@cmta.net or by phone 916-498-3356.

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