Apple general counsel Bruce Sewell argues before the U.S. House of Representatives Judiciary Committee that creating a tool for the FBI to unlock an iPhone at the center of a terror investigation would weaken the security of hundreds of millions of Apple devices. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: Tech giant Apple and the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation made their cases before a congressional panel on Tuesday regarding a court order to force the technology company to give the FBI data from the iPhone belonging to one of the San Bernardino shooters. Apple general counsel Bruce Sewell argued before the U.S. House of Representatives Judiciary Committee that creating a tool to unlock the phone would weaken the security of hundreds of millions of Apple devices. On Thursday, Apple filed a motion to vacate the court order, maintaining its stance that Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook said he would be willing to take all the way to the Supreme Court. Sewell testified directly after FBI Director James Comey, who told the committee that the FBI is not asking to expand the government's surveillance authority, but rather to maintain its ability to obtain electronic information under legal authorities that Congress has already provided. A federal judge handed Apple a major victory in a phone unlocking case in Brooklyn on Monday, ruling that he did not have the legal authority to order Apple to disable the security of an iPhone that was seized during a drug investigation.