Obama on encryption: We can’t be absolutists about this

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AUSTIN, TEXAS — Where does President Barack Obama stand on Apple versus the FBI? He still isn’t saying, but on Friday the president did paint a picture of how he perceives the tension between security and personal privacy and the existential dangers of unbreakable encryption.

The president was not at South by Southwest to talk about Apple — a day earlier White House officials promised he wouldn’t — even so, he couldn’t dance about technology and government’s most burning issue in a talk designed to illustrate all the ways technology and entrepreneurs could work to make government better.

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