Apple, FBI lawyers to testify about encryption battle next week

Here we go again. Apple and the FBI will return to Congress next week to testify before lawmakers about their heated disagreement over law enforcement access to encrypted devices, reports Reuters.

Bruce Sewell, Apple’s general counsel, and Amy Hess, executive assistant director for science and technology at the Federal Bureau of Investigation, will testify on separate panels before a House Energy and Commerce subcommittee on Tuesday, in addition to other law enforcement officials and technology experts. “Why?” you ask since FBI Director James Comey said that the government purchased "a tool" from a private party in order to unlock the iPhone used by one of the San Bernardino shooters and didn’t need Apple’s help.

Because the U.S. Justice Department redoubled its efforts last week to use the courts to force Apple's cooperation in cracking encrypted iPhones by announcing plans to continue with an appeal in an unrelated New York drug case. Also, the FBI has agreed to help prosecutors gain access to an iPhone 6 and an iPod that might hold evidence in an Arkansas murder trial.