Representatives of both Apple and the FBI once again faced off in Congress over issues of encryption and security, just weeks after the end of their public dispute over these issues. In a hearing before the House of Representatives Energy & Commerce committee, both parties provided testimony explaining how they approached these sorts of issues.
Apple was represented by its lead attorney, Bruce Sewell, who once again emphasized the need for strong encryption. Sewell, who begins his testimony at around the three hour mark in the video above, discussed about how the company works with law enforcement agencies, talking about the team he leads in those tasks. He also addressed three allegations made by law enforcement officials who had previously testified before the hearing.
We have not provided source code to the Chinese government. We did not have a key 19 months ago that we threw away. We have not announced that we are going to apply passcode encryption to the next generation of iCloud. I just want to be very clear on that, because we heard three allegations; those allegations have no merit.
Sewell previously testified before Congress on Apple's behalf early last month, following a heated public exchange between the company and the FBI over an iPhone belonging to one of the San Bernardino shooters. The Bureau had wanted Apple to help them open the phone, which would have required Apple to build new tools to do so, which the company believed would set a dangerous precedent.