Apple vs FBI: Obama says ‘dangers are real’ in debate over encryption

President Barack Obama sided with law enforcement Friday in the debate pitting encryption and personal privacy against national security

By: AP | Austin (texas) | Updated: March 12, 2016 11:24 am
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President Barack Obama sided with law enforcement Friday in the debate pitting encryption and personal privacy against national security, arguing that authorities need access to data on electronic devices because the “dangers are real.”

Appearing at an annual tech festival in the Texas capital, Obama delivered his most extensive comments to date on an issue being played out in federal court. Apple, one of the world’s largest technology companies, is challenging the government’s request that it help the FBI access data on a cellphone that was used in the San Bernardino, California, attack that killed 14 people.