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

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 dozen people familiar with the internal debate.

FBI director James Comey and the DOJ - who are fighting to access an iPhone tied to the San Bernardino attacks - have long tried and failed to convince other departments to join the broader battle against unbreakable encryption, current and former government officials said.

Federal justice officials argue that strong encryption makes it harder to track criminals, a central...

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