The European Union could adopt, at Germany’s proposal, a decision that would oblige manufacturers to deliver security updates for phones sold for seven years from launch.
The European Commission, which is working on a bill that would require phone manufacturers a five-year period to deliver security updates, has received a new, stricter proposal from Germany.
Thus, the German federal government comes with two conditions. The first is that the mandatory period of security updates that manufacturers must ensure is increased to seven years. The second includes, along with security updates, the condition of insuring spare parts.
Virtually all phone manufacturers should provide seven years of security updates and spare parts for devices sold in the EU across the European Union.
The proposal could help users use a phone for more than 2.5 to 3.5 years, which is the average today. German officials say that by changing the phones less frequently, they would also have protected the environment.
Of course, phone manufacturers oppose this proposal, through the DigitalEurope support group, which includes Google, Apple, and Samsung among its members. They only want three years of security updates, and spare parts regulations to consider only screens and batteries, not cameras, speakers, and other components that could fail.
If the current proposal is adopted, it would enter into force sometime by 2023 and could make an important contribution, including to the security of mobile operating systems. If Apple offers five years of updates, most Android phone manufacturers stop at three years at most.