Today, Apple’s general counsel, the Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and a limited number of others will testify in front of a congressional hearing on encryption.
Leading up to those moments, the United States Attorney General, Loretta Lynch, has come forward and made a brief remark regarding Apple’s position, and what she believes will happen at some point down the road. Specifically, while Apple files a motion to vacate the original order that informs Apple it must assist the FBI in accessing a locked iPhone 5c, the Attorney General is still hoping that Apple will “see their way clear,” and unlock the device.
“It is still our hope that they will see their way clear to complying with that order as thousands of other companies do every day,” Lynch said in an interview with Fox News.”
Yesterday, Apple’s general counsel, Bruce Sewell, released his opening statement to Congress regarding the testimony he’ll be speaking about today. In it, Sewell outlined Apple’s focus on security for its users, and that Apple has done work in the past, and continues to do work, in regards to helping law enforcement when it has been asked to in the past, and when the company has been able to.
Recently, a New York Judge ruled in a separate case that Apple cannot be compelled by way of the All Writs Act (what the FBI is utilizing to try and force Apple to unlock the aforementioned iPhone 5c) to unlock an iPhone, saying:
“It would betray our constitutional heritage and our people’s claim to democratic governance for a judge to pretend that our Founders already had that debate, and ended it, in 1789.”
The situation is far from over, and the U.S. AG’s position on the matter isn’t surprising in the slightest, but it at least adds one more voice to the mix in the complicated matter.