Obama: 'Absolutist' view won't solve encryption debate

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AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — President Barack Obama says the encryption versus national security debate won't be settled by taking an "absolutist view" of the situation.

Obama says both values are important. But he asks how will government catch child pornographers or disrupt terrorist plots if devices are made so that law enforcement cannot access the data stored on them.

Obama says he's "way on the civil liberties side" but adds that concessions must be made at times.

Obama commented Friday during a question-and-answer session at the South by Southwest Interactive festival in Austin, Texas. He was asked for his views on the debate.

Apple and the federal government are embroiled in a legal fight over Apple's refusal to help the FBI access an iPhone used in the San Bernardino terrorist attack.