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Apple denies handing source code over to China

Bruce Sewell, General Counsel of Apple, is sworn-in prior to testifying on data encryption policies on Capitol Hill, April 19, 2016Apple on Tuesday denied providing Chinese authorities with special access to its devices, as the iPhone maker defended its position on encryption and cooperation with US law enforcement. The company’s general counsel Bruce Sewell was appearing at a US congressional hearing on encryption’s impact on law enforcement, as the high-tech giant battles the government over whether it should be compelled to help authorities in criminal cases. Sewell said he wanted to set the record straight on China in light of reports cited by officials at the hearing that the company had turned over its software instructions or “source code” — which could be used to break encryption — to Beijing.

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