Apple CEO Tim Cook has repeatedly made it clear that he’s not going to oblige the FBI’s request to create a back door for the iPhone, even if it’s to extract information from a device belonging to the shooter in the San Bernardino terrorist attacks. While many have supported Cook’s unwavering stance on the matter, Bill Gates is siding with the FBI on this one.
In a new Financial Times interview, Gates voices his opinion on the FBI’s order for Apple to unlock the iPhone to aid the government agency’s investigation into the San Bernardino terrorist attacks. “This is a specific case where the government is asking for access to information,” says Gates. “They are not asking for some general thing, they are asking for a particular case.”
Although Tim Cook’s initial response to the FBI’s request addressed the larger issue of user privacy, Bill Gates is clearly of the belief that this all boils down to information pertaining to a single incident. “It is no different than [the question of] should anybody ever have been able to tell the phone company to get information, should anybody be able to get at bank records,” explains the Microsoft founder. Further illustrating his point, Gates adds “Let’s say the bank had tied a ribbon round the disk drive and said ‘don’t make me cut this ribbon because you’ll make me cut it many times.’”
Gates’ opinion on the Apple vs. FBI debacle doesn’t fall in line with the views of other tech heavyweights. Both Google and Facebook have already praised Tim Cook’s resistance to creating a back door that would effectively breach civil liberties on account of the FBI.[Tech Crunch]
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