Bruce Sewell, who is considered to be Apple’s top legal executive, will testify before the House Judiciary Committee tomorrow, explaining the issues at hand in the company’s fight against FBI’s request to hack the iPhone that belonged to San Bernardino shooter. According to Business Insider, Sewell will pose the following three big questions that have huge implications for not just Apple, but other tech companies as well as the FBI, if Apple complies with the court order:
- “Do we want to put a limit on the technology that protects our data, and therefore our privacy and our safety, in the face of increasingly sophisticated cyber attacks?”
- “Should the FBI be allowed to stop Apple, or any company, from offering the American people the safest and most secure product it can make?”
- “Should the FBI have the right to compel a company to produce a product it doesn’t already make, to the FBI’s exact specifications and for the FBI’s use?”
Below is an excerpt from the full opening statement Sewell will give tomorrow in court, as provided by Apple:
Thank you, Mr. Chairman. It’s my pleasure to appear before you and the Committee today on behalf of Apple. We appreciate your invitation and the opportunity to be part of the discussion on this important issue which centers on the civil liberties at the foundation of our country. When the FBI came to us in the immediate aftermath of the San Bernardino attacks, we gave all the information we had related to their investigation. And we went beyond that by making Apple engineers available to advise them on a number of additional investigative options.
But we now find ourselves at the center of an extraordinary circumstance. The FBI is asking Apple to weaken the security of our products. Hackers and cyber criminals could use this to wreak havoc on our privacy and personal safety. It would set a dangerous precedent for government intrusion on the privacy and safety of its citizens.
You can read the entire statement at the source page.