• Martin Kienzle

German state ministers demand consumer protection from software errors

In what could drive a revolution in the software industry, German state ministers are proposing that product liability be extended to software! This would invalidate core language contained in most software license, such as this


"... AND XXX DOES NOT MAKE ANY WARRANTY OF ANY KIND, WHETHER EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO ANY WARRANTY OF FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE ... "


Given the incredible rate of hacks and leaks - see recent summaries - liability for software errors would require a complete overhaul of the software development and assurance processes!


For people who have difficulty reading the original German news item, here's a translation, courtesy Google translate.


State ministers demand protection against damage caused by software errors

07.05.21, 13:54 dpa-AFX KIEL (dpa-AFX) -

According to the wishes of the Conference of Consumer Protection Ministers (VSMK), customers are to be better protected from damage caused by software errors in the future.The federal government should examine appropriate measures, said Schleswig-Holstein's consumer protection minister Claus Christian Claussen (CDU) after the end of the conference on Friday. In addition, product liability law should also include digital damage in the future, including data loss. According to Claussen, the product liability law is based on an EU directive from 1985 and is no longer up-to-date in view of technical progress - especially with a view to the growing importance of software compared to hardware.The northernmost federal state currently chairs the VSMK.The conference took place digitally.


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