Mr. Cook isn’t going to Washington, but his top lawyer is.
Apple’s general counsel, Bruce Sewell, will speak on behalf of the iPhone maker and CEO Tim Cook on Tuesday at a hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee on the balance between national security and individual privacy.
At the same time, Apple filed a motion asking the courts to vacate a judge’s February 16 order requiring Apple to help the FBI access a terrorist’s iPhone, contending the order violates the company’s constitutional rights.
“This is not about one isolated iPhone,” said the tech giant in the 65-page document. “Rather, this case is about the Department of Justice and the FBI seeking through the courts a dangerous power that Congress and the American people have withheld: the ability to force companies like Apple to undermine the basic security and privacy interests of hundreds of millions of individuals around the globe.”