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New York State Senate Passes Right to Repair Legislation

The New York State Senate voted to pass right-to-repair legislation that could force Apple and other companies to make it easier for customers and repair shops to repair their devices.

On Thursday, the New York State Senate voted 51-12 to pass the Fair Digital Redress Act, becoming the first legislative body in the country to pass a right to redress bill. The bill requires OEMs to provide all proprietary information and resources necessary for repairs available for sale to third-party repair providers and consumers.

To become law in New York, the bill has yet to pass the state assembly. From there, it must be signed by the governor. Currently, the New York State Assembly version of the bill is stalled, but lobbyists are working to get it passed.

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

Although it would force companies to share detailed information about devices, the bill does not specifically include “trade secrets.”

Apple opposes the right-to-repair legislation, citing concerns about consumer safety and device safety. The Cupertino tech giant has spent millions lobbying similar bills across the country.

Internal communications revealed during a US House of Representatives investigation showed that there is no consensus on the right to repair among Apple employees. Publicly, Apple has been expanding its Independent Repair Provider program, offering resources to approved third-party shops.

Currently, half of the states in the US are prepared to consider a similar right to repair bills in 2021.

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