President Obama: ‘You Cannot Take an Absolutist View’ on Encryption Issue

President Obama: ‘You Cannot Take an Absolutist View’ on Encryption Issue

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President Obama 'You Cannot Take an Absolutist View' on Encryption Issue

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United States President Barack Obama today spoke with Texas Tribune editor Evan Smith at South by Southwest (SXSW), where he indirectly addressed Apple’s dispute with the FBI. While Obama said he could not comment specifically on the ongoing encryption battle between the two, he spoke on larger issues of privacy and security.

Obama cautioned against taking an “absolutist” view on encryption and said American citizens already make concessions to balance privacy with security in other aspects of their lives. He used warrants to search homes and possessions, something the public agrees is necessary, as a parallel to accessing data on a smartphone.

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