Apple Expands Opposition to Right-to-Repair Bill in Oregon, Citing Security Concerns

In a recent legislative session, Apple’s principal secure repair architect, John Perry, expressed the company’s strong opposition to the proposed right-to-repair bill in Oregon. Apple argues that the bill, if passed, could put the security, safety, and privacy of its users at risk. The bill would require manufacturers to allow the use of non-original parts in repairs, potentially compromising the integrity of Apple devices.

Oregon’s right-to-repair bill differs significantly from the more lenient legislation in California. One key point of divergence is the restriction on “parts pairing,” a practice utilized by Apple to ensure that specific components, such as screens and batteries, are matched with their original iPhones. While this method aims to maintain the integrity of repairs using genuine Apple parts, it has faced criticism for limiting third-party repair options and creating a monopolistic repair ecosystem.

Critics of parts pairing argue that it limits consumer choice and contributes to electronic waste by discouraging independent and non-authorized repairs. Despite these concerns, Apple maintains that parts pairing is crucial for protecting device security and user data during the repair process.

However, cybersecurity expert Tarah Wheeler challenges Apple’s security rationale, particularly regarding routine repairs like battery and screen replacements. Wheeler argues that there are no significant security risks involved in allowing non-original parts for these repairs, suggesting that Apple’s concerns may be exaggerated.

The debate surrounding the right to repair is not limited to Oregon but extends to a national conversation. New York has already passed its own legislation on the matter, although some critics believe that the bill is too weak to have a substantial impact on consumer rights.

As the conflict between consumer advocacy groups and tech companies like Apple persists, the outcome of Oregon’s proposed right-to-repair bill may establish a precedent for similar legislation throughout the United States. The ongoing pursuit of a balance between product security and consumer rights reflects the complexity and importance of this issue.







**Key Terms:**
1. Right-to-repair bill: 修复权法案
2. Parts pairing: 零件匹配
3. Repair ecosystem: 维修生态系统
4. Consumer rights: 消费者权益
5. Cybersecurity: 网络安全

**Related links:**
1. 苹果官网
2. 维修权利相关维基百科页面