(Bloomberg) -- One of Europe’s top data privacy watchdogs sided with Apple Inc. and other technology firms opposing calls from security services for “backdoors” to gadgets such as iPhones and tablets to help them fight terrorists.

It “could create a free pass” for malevolent groups such as cyber-criminals, Isabelle Falque-Pierrotin, head of France’s data privacy authority CNIL, told journalists at a press conference in Paris Friday. “The consequence could be the weakening of people’s personal security.”

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