The standoff between Apple and the FBI over the locked iPhone belonging to one of the San Bernardino shooters has forced House and Senate lawmakers to begin examining private encryption and whether law enforcement should be allowed to bypass it in the name of national security.
It will start with a hearing in the House this week that will let both the company and the government make their cases, even as the two continue to fight in court over whether Apple should be required to unlock its phone for the government.
The House Judiciary Committee on March 1 will hold a hearing on the matter and question FBI Director James Comey. Comey is leading the federal government's fight to get Apple to unlock the iPhone once used by Syed Farook, who along with his wife shot and killed 14 people in San Bernardino, Calif., in December.
Apple CEO Tim Cook will not be among the witnesses at the Judiciary Committee hearing, a GOP aide told the Washington Examiner. But Bruce Sewell, senior vice president and general counsel for Apple, Inc., is coming, according to the witness list.