(Bloomberg) -- Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. waded into the renewed debate over government access to smartphones, proposing a compromise to companies such as Apple Inc. and Google Inc. that may mollify privacy advocates while preserving the ability of investigators to retrieve data with a warrant.

Vance’s statements Wednesday at a cybersecurity conference in New York echo those of CIA Director John Brennan and other national security and law enforcement officials, who in recent days have cited the need to stay a step ahead of terrorists who may use encryption to hide planned attacks, like those in Paris last week.

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