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Apple returns to lobbying for Right to Repair bills

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While Apple may have supported a weaker right-to-repair bill in California, Apple is now lobbying against it. against a stronger Oregon bill.

Apple's chief architect for secure repair, John Perry, spoke out against the Right to Repair bill on Thursday. The move comes six months after he supported a similar bill that has now become law in California.

“We believe the current wording of the parts combination bill would undermine the safety, security, and privacy of Oregonians by forcing device manufacturers to allow unknown parts to be used in consumer devices,” Perry. , the legislature said.

It may seem strange that Apple would support the right to repair in one state and not another, but as always, the devil is in the details. As 404media notes, the Oregon bill has one key difference – it limits the mating of parts.

“Part matching” is a term used to describe Apple's practice of matching certain components, such as the screen or battery, to the specific iPhone in which they were originally installed. This ensures that only genuine Apple parts are used. when repairing the device.

However, this practice is controversial because it limits third-party repair options. It has been criticized for creating a closed ecosystem that limits consumer choice and potentially increases repair costs.

Critics argue that the practice hinders the right-to-repair movement by making it difficult for users to repair their devices themselves or through unauthorized repair services. It is also known for producing very large amounts of e-waste.

Currently there are seven parts that cause problems during repair.

Perry argued that Apple's practice of combining parts was not designed to monopolize repairs, but to make repairs easier to access. He said that he provides the device — and his data — stay safe during repairs.

Tara Wheeler, a cybersecurity expert from Oregon, disagreed with Perry's arguments.

“As a certified mobile device analyst and forensic scientist, I'm here to tell you right now that turning off the battery or glass screen on your phone has no security implications,” Wheeler told 404media.

“Apple does a good job of keeping user data secure, and they've done such a good job that it's a little silly right now to try to claim a glass replacement will happen to prevent it from becoming secure,” she added.

New York was the first US state to pass a Right to Repair law, which has now become law, but it is so weak and vague that it is virtually useless to consumers.

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