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New York Senate passes bill that could force Apple to loosen its grip on device repairs

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New York Senate passes bill that could force Apple to loosen its grip on device repairsThe New York State Senate just delivered a chink to Apple’s armor.

On Thursday, the New York legislative body passed the Digital Fair Repair Act. It requires that “original equipment manufacturers” (OEMs) make all the information and resources necessary for repairing devices available for sale to third party repair shops and consumers.

“Nothing prevents third party repairers from being technically competent to complete digital
repairs other than the lack of information being withheld by manufacturers,” the bill reads.

Currently, companies with high end, proprietary devices and software often limit who can repair these products to the device makers themselves, and “authorized” third parties. The “right to repair” movement has been battling this standard for years so that people can fix devices more affordably, keep them for longer, and generate less waste.  Read more…

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