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Verizon Communications Inc., the largest U.S. wireless-service provider, sided with Apple Inc. in a dispute with the U.S. government and said it supports encryption of mobile phones to protect customer privacy over the needs for law enforcement access to user information.

“Verizon is committed to protecting customer privacy and one of the tools for protecting that privacy is encryption,” Lowell McAdam, chairman and chief executive officer of Verizon, said Wednesday in a statement. “We support the availability of strong encryption with no back doors. The case with Apple presents unique issues that should be addressed by Congress, not on an ad hoc basis.”