Obama Bashes Plans To Block Police Access To User Data

Law360, New York (January 16, 2015, 5:43 PM EST) -- President Barack Obama on Friday came out against technologies being implemented by companies such as Apple Inc., Facebook Inc. and Google Inc. that would block law enforcement from accessing user data, although he expressed optimism that a deal could be reached to appropriately balance privacy and security concerns.

During a joint press conference with U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron, the president addressed the raging debate over several companies' recently announced plans to equip their products and services with default decryption settings that would prevent them from retrieving customers' communications even in response to valid search warrants.

While the president acknowledged that companies have a...

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