U.S. President Obama said he could not comment on the legal case with Apple as the FBI is trying to force Apple to allow access to an iPhone linked to San Bernardino shooter. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: U.S. President Barack Obama said on Friday that he could not comment on the legal case with Apple Inc in which the FBI is trying to force the company to allow access to an iPhone linked to San Bernardino, California shooter Rizwan Farook. Obama, who was speaking at the South by Southwest festival in Austin, said he could not comments on the specific case, but he weighed in on overall privacy issues that have to be weighed by the government. "We are going to have to make some decisions about how do we balance these respective risks," of privacy and law enforcement, he said. "My conclusion so far is that you can not take and absolutists view on this." The Justice Department has attempted to frame the Apple case as one that is not about undermining encryption and that a U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation court order issued to Apple targets a non-encryption barrier on one iPhone. The FBI says Farook and his wife were inspired by Islamist militants when they shot and killed 14 people on Dec. 2 at a holiday party in California. The couple later died in a shootout with police. Obama was speaking at the South by Southwest festival in Austin about how government and technology companies can work together to solve problems including making it easier for people to vote.