With the new year quickly approaching, Christmas will be here before we know it — which means long lines outside of stores, cold fingers and brand new electronics. It’s the time of year we all anticipate a glossy new iPhone or the latest tablet. This is also the time of year for theft. As we tear into our upgraded devices, our old electronics become an afterthought, carelessly discarded with the trash, or left on the curb as someone else’s treasure. What if we told you the device itself wasn’t the only thing being stolen? Today we discuss some tips for data security for the upcoming holiday season.
Electronic waste is a growing concern all over the world. With an increase of 21% in just five years, the amount of global waste generated reached an all time high of 53.6 million metric tons in 2019, and it will only continue to grow. Each year an influx of new technology is released, adding to the amount of e-waste generated every year. However, a rising movement may be a huge contributing factor in reducing e-waste. During the last few years the Right to Repair Movement has gained more traction within the tech community, with a goal of protecting the repair rights of customers across the globe.
The California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) is planning to make some additions to the state’s e-scrap program via an emergency rulemaking action. The additions include OLED display devices, LCD smart displays, and LCD tablets. As a result, the e-scrap companies can receive payments for the collection and recycling of these devices from the state. In addition, electronics retailers in California will start charging customers fees when such devices are purchased. The state’s e-scrap program will then assess these fees, after which they will be approved by the California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) to e-scrap companies when they recycle the covered electronics.
In a vote of 364 to 60, the Ocean Shipping Reform Act of 2021 passed the House of Representatives, as the first major update of the federal law governing the global ocean shipping trade since 1998. The bill was introduced Aug. 11 by Representatives John Garamendi, D-Calif., and Dusty Johnson, R-S.D., with a focus on targeted reforms addressing service deficiencies and unfair business practices. If passed as law, the Ocean Shipping Reform Act would help bolster the Federal Maritime Commission (FMC), strengthen the overseas supply chain, and ensure fairness in the global ocean shipping industry.