Apple and the FBI are once again set to testify before Congress on encryption, just weeks after the two parties ended their heated legal dispute over the same topic. Apple General Counsel and Senior Vice President Bruce Sewell will be among those testifying, along with a number of law enforcement officials and technology experts.
Apple's general counsel, Bruce Sewell, and Amy Hess, executive assistant director for science and technology at the Federal Bureau of Investigation, will testify on separate panels before a House Energy and Commerce subcommittee on Tuesday, in addition to other law enforcement officials and technology experts.
The panels, which take place on April 19, follow a recent high-profile standoff between Apple and the FBI over encryption. While the FBI ultimately backed down in its efforts to compel Apple to assist in unlocked an iPhone 5c used by one of the San Bernardino shooters, the dispute has succeeded in elevating the sense of urgency in dealing with the topic of encryption on both sides of the debate.
This will be the second time in recent months that the two parties have testified before Congress on this topic. The testimony also comes in the wake of new draft legislation released by U.S. Senators Diane Feinstein and Bill Burr that, if passed in its current form, could allow courts to force companies to decrypt and hand over data to the government in certain cases.