Chairman McCaul Statement on the Justice Department’s Dropped Lawsuit Against Apple

WASHINGTON, D.C. – House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Michael McCaul (R-TX) released the following statement on the Justice Department’s decision to end a court battle against the tech company Apple.

Chairman McCaul: “It is certainly good news that the government has been able to unlock Sayed Farook’s phone in order to access information that may be useful to the FBI’s investigation. The events in San Bernardino were heinous, and we must do everything we can to protect against this kind of violence. It is paramount that we uncover whether Farook and his wife were acting alone, or whether they were part of a broader terrorist network.”

McCaul added, “The government’s decision to drop its case against Apple, however, does not mean that America is ready to turn the page on this serious issue. The question of ‘security versus security’ remains front and center, and the settling of this one case does not dispose of it. With another similar case still pending in the Eastern District of New York—and countless other cases undoubtedly yet to come—it is imperative that we get ahead of the curve. The Commission that Senator Warner and I have proposed will bring together the key experts to rigorously examine the challenges of security in the digital age so that we are not inevitably playing catch-up after each new law suit. Now is the time to determine how America will handle the digital security challenge—not just for today, but for years to come.”