House Seeks Apple, FBI Meeting

The bipartisan leadership of the House Energy & Commerce Committee and its Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee have written both Apple CEO Tim Cook and FBI director James Comey asking them to appear before the committee ASAP to talk about encryption.

The FBI is trying to force Apple to create a software backdoor so it can access the information in the cell phone of one of the San Bernardino shooters, but Apple is balking, saying it puts all its users information at risk.

In the letters, the chairs and ranking members of both committee and subcommittee said the court order that Apple assist the FBI in "unlocking" the phone has brought the issue of encryption and law enforcement access to a "critical juncture," and it wants to hear both sides of the debate.

They said they want an answer by Feb. 24 and expected to schedule the hearing at its earliest opportunity.

John Eggerton

Contributing editor John Eggerton has been an editor and/or writer on media regulation, legislation and policy for over four decades, including covering the FCC, FTC, Congress, the major media trade associations, and the federal courts. In addition to Multichannel News and Broadcasting + Cable, his work has appeared in Radio World, TV Technology, TV Fax, This Week in Consumer Electronics, Variety and the Encyclopedia Britannica.