Google endorses ‘right to repair,’ will support policy in Oregon

Google has come out in support of the “right to repair,” a major step for the movement supporting a consumer’s ability to repair their own gadgets.

The company released a white paper on Thursday in favor of right to repair, a principle that supports a consumer to have the ability to acquire instructions and parts. The company is also scheduled to testify at a hearing in Oregon on Thursday. The policy change is a significant shift for the gadget manufacturer, which had previously advocated against allowing users to repair their own devices.

“Google believes that users should have more control over repair — including access to the same documentation, parts and tools that original equipment manufacturer (OEM) repair channels have — which is often referred to as ‘Right to Repair,’” Steven Nickel, Google’s director of
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