Apple general counsel Bruce Sewell to appear at House Judiciary Committee on security and privacy

The House Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing titled “The Encryption Tightrope: Balancing Americans’ Security and Privacy” on Tuesday, March 1. Bruce Sewell (pictured), Apple’s senior vice president and general counsel, and FBI director James Comey, will be among those making an appearance.

The House Judiciary Committee previously held member briefings on encryption, which included a briefing from technology companies and a classified briefing from the government will be among those speaking. This hearing will take place in 2141 Rayburn House Office Building and will be webcast live.

“The widespread use of strong encryption has implications both for Americans’ privacy and security. As technology companies have made great strides to enhance the security of Americans’ personal and private information, law enforcement agencies face new challenges when attempting to access encrypted information,” says House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) and Ranking Member John Conyers (D-Mich.) in a joint statement “Americans have a right to strong privacy protections and Congress should fully examine the issue to be sure those are in place while finding ways to help law enforcement fight crime and keep us safe.