INSIDE THE ROOM: Bloomberg has an account of a secret White House meeting last year where officials discussed a government-wide strategy on the issue of phone-cracking and encryption.

The policies discussed were “formalized in a confidential National Security Council ‘decision memo,’ tasking government agencies with developing encryption workarounds, estimating additional budgets and identifying laws that may need to be changed to counter what FBI Director James Comey calls the ‘going dark’ problem: investigators being unable to access the contents of encrypted data stored on mobile devices or traveling across the Internet,” Bloomberg reports.

MOVING FORWARD WITH THE DEAL: European Union regulators are set to approve Dell’s $67 billion bid to purchase data storage company EMC, Reuters reports:

Dell unveiled the deal in October last year, the largest ever in the technology industry sector, and designed to enable Dell to better challenge rivals Cisco Systems Inc, IBM and Hewlett-Packard in cloud computing, mobility and cyber security. European Commission spokesman Ricardo Cardoso declined to comment on Thursday. The Commission is scheduled to give its ruling on the deal by Feb. 29.

HOW TO ARCHIVE TWEETS: That’s the question the National Archives and Records Administration is asking as social media becomes a bigger part of how government officials communicate. FCW reports:

On Feb. 17 the federal records agency put out a solicitation seeking a social media archiving tool to store texts, tweets, Snapchat and other pieces of ephemeral, public-facing information. While these forms of communication may seem fleeting and temporary, some will inevitably be considered temporary or permanent records … Specifically, the agency is tasked with helping agencies implement a 2012 push from the Obama administration to have all electronic records stored in their original format by the end of 2019. That includes any tweets, Facebook posts, videos and other social media that are deemed to be federal records.