E-Label Act signed into law, our gadgets may now be spared of over-etched or over-stickered labeling

Wednesday, President Obama signed the E-Label Act. This will give electronics manufacturers the flexibility to label their devices electronically, rather than physically through etching or some obnoxious sticker.

The new law will accommodate manufacturers that must contend with smaller devices, and thus smaller areas to provide required information that is common on today’s products.

The labels are meant to provide assurance to consumers that the gadget they are buying meets minimum standards related to safety, performance, and recyclability of components. If you do not pay much attention to such labels, you are not alone, but that does not diminish their usefulness, or the requirement that manufacturers provide the information.

Under the new E-Label Act, manufacturers will be able to provide the label data via software. This will give some breathing room with new designs, as well as other product logos. This means we will see less etching in our tablets and smartphones in the future.

The bill passed through Congress with virtually no resistance and was authored by Nebraska Senator Deb Fischer. Naturally, industry groups were in favor of the measure as well.

sources: The Hill via Windows Central



1. htcforlife

Posts: 73; Member since: Apr 15, 2014

Aint nobody got time for that

3. corporateJP

Posts: 2458; Member since: Nov 28, 2009

But without the warning labels...Good Lord Jesus, there could be a fire!

2. theguy2345

Posts: 1216; Member since: Jun 24, 2014

Good. I have always found these tags very ugly.

4. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 2010

Dunno if I agree with this. Software can easily be "placed" in there to show the device is compliant and yet is not. The labeling as it is requires FCC approved labels applied to the devices, so you can see at a glance whether it is approved or not.

5. shinywindow unregistered

Somewhere liberal regulators are crying now.

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