Bill Gates is not happy with some reports that have recently emerged claiming he supports the FBI in the encryption fight with Apple. He said that the reports do not clear represent his opinion concerning the demand by the US government to unlock the iPhone.
In a Bloomberg Go interview, Bill Gates said that “the reports do not state my views on this.” he further added that no one is in support of the extreme view that the government gets what it wants. People would not support the government that is blind.
The Financial Times earlier on said that Bill was in agreement with the government and that he had said the request from the court to unlock the Apple iPhone was a one-time request. That it was not different from accessing telephone and bank records.
Tim Cook, Apple Chief Executive Officer, said that he would contest the court order over the encryption fight because it would lay the basis for the government requiring a backdoor to their encryptions. The FBI may probably force them to come up with a new operating system that would allow them access to private data.
Desire for Justice
A gunman, Farook and his wife Malik attacked the citizens in California last December where they killed 14 people and injured 22 others.
In a statement responding to the requests by the FBI, Tim said the demands were “dangerous” and “unprecedented.”
He further added that the tech company giving in to the US govt demands would be the start of backdoors to encryption.
Some tech gurus that have come out in support of Apple are Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and China based mobile company Huawei.
Zuckerberg said that he was sympathetic to Tim and the Company adding that the government cannot be allowed to access private data of individuals.
Bill added that the government and what it can see should be balanced. “As much as Apple has said that it will comply, taking the matter to the public allows for a debate on what the government has right to see,” Bill said.