Law enforcement is not trying to circumvent device encryption in seeking access to smartphones and computers of suspected criminals and terrorists, New York Police Commissioner Bill Bratton said Tuesday.
Technology companies should try to cooperate with authorities, Bratton told CNBC's "Squawk Box," responding to the questions raised by Apple's refusal to help the FBI crack the iPhone of one of the San Bernardino terrorists.
After going back and forth in the courts, the FBI unlocked the device with help from a third party.
"We're not trying to get through the back door. We're trying with a court order to go through the front door," said Bratton, commissioner since 2014 in his second stint leading the NYPD. "We're not sneaking into these devices, into these systems."