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Obama administration split over encryption policy

The Justice Department's decision to take action against Apple was made without consulting the White House, as is customary in such cases

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Apple says that it has never seriously considered installing a back door.

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Mr Comey (left) has long tried and failed to convince other departments to join the broader battle against unbreakable encryption; Mr Carter (right) says he is not a believer in back doors or a single technical approach.

San Francisco

EVEN as the US Department of Justice (DOJ) battles Apple in court over access to encrypted data, the Obama administration remains split over backing requirements that technology manufacturers provide law enforcement with a "back door" into their products, according to a

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