Michael Briggs, Which? Head of Sustainability, said:
“There are a serious lack of robust, sustainable solutions for consumers when it comes to extending the lifespan of electronic devices.
“Tech firms must be more transparent about vital security updates, and those offering them for only a couple of years need to do better, otherwise electronic products such as mobile phones can end up vulnerable to hackers or prematurely dumped in a landfill site.
“The government must also push ahead with planned legislation, backed by strong enforcement, to ensure manufacturers are much clearer about security updates for smart devices and their impact on consumers.”
Notes to editors
- Downwardly mobile – Pre-owned devices good for the planet but vulnerable to being hacked
- Void Android: More than one billion Android devices at risk of hacking attacks