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  • Bill Gates says he doesn't back FBI in case vs. Apple, encourages more discussion


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    Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates says he was taken aback by a recent report quoting him as supporting the FBI in its encryption battle with Apple, calling the oversimplification of his view on the controversy "disappointing."

    Gates spoke with Bloomberg TV to clarify his stance, disputing an earlier report that said he sided with the FBI. Instead, Gates said the issue involving the San Bernardino, Calif., terrorist attack and a locked iPhone 5c is complex, and warrants discussion.

    "I was disappointed cause that doesn't state my view on this," Gates said. "I do believe that with the right safeguards, there are cases where the government, on our behalf, like stopping terrorism, which could get worse in the future, that that is valuable. But striking that balance—clearly the government has taken information historically and used it in ways we didn't expect, going all the way back to say the FBI under J. Edgar Hoover."

    The former Microsoft CEO said it should be possible to implement a series of "safeguards" that would prevent federal investigators from being "completely blind" in cases where obtaining information is warranted. But Gates refused to officially take a side on the matter, saying that the U.S. court system will ultimately have the final say.

    "You don't want to just take the minute after a terrorist event and swing that direction, nor do you want to in general completely swing away from government access when you get some abuse being revealed," he said. "You want to strike that balance that the United States leads in setting example."

    Earlier, Gates had been quoted by the Financial Times as saying the San Bernardino terrorist attack was a "specific case," and that the FBI was not asking for "some general thing" from Apple. But Gates took issue with the way his comments were represented.

    The mostly neutral stance from Gates stands in contrast to companies like Twitter and Facebook, who have more actively voiced their support for Apple in opposition to the U.S. government. Other high-profile endorsements have come from Mark Cuban and John McAfee, who have expressed concern over the power the government could wield if it were given "backdoor" entry into mobile platforms like Apple's iOS.

    The controversy reached a boiling point a week ago, when a U.S. magistrate judge ordered Apple to comply with FBI requests to help extract data from an iPhone owned by one of the shooters involved in the December terrorist attack in San Bernardino, Calif. The device in question is an iPhone 5c that was password protected by the gunman, and is set to erase a stored decryption key after ten unsuccessful login attempts.

    Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook responded with an open letter, saying that the creation of a backdoor tool to access a locked iPhone could open the flood gates for future issues, rippling well beyond the investigation into the San Bernardino shooting. The terrorist attack resulted in 16 deaths and 24 injuries.

    Apple has appealed the U.S. magistrate judge's ruling, and has until Friday to respond.

    Original Source
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Bill Gates Says Apple Should Unlock San Bernardino Shooter's iPhone for FBI started by Caiden Spencer View original post
    Comments 10 Comments
    1. feidhlim1986's Avatar
      feidhlim1986 -
      MMi posts an update Update: In an interview with Bloomberg, Gates said he "was disappointed" with headlines stating he sides with the FBI. ... yet still keeps the misleading title
    1. King_O_Hill's Avatar
      King_O_Hill -
      Gates can suck my ...

      Oh wait, they misstated his views.

      Never mind.
    1. Caiden Spencer's Avatar
      Caiden Spencer -
      Quote Originally Posted by feidhlim1986 View Post
      MMi posts an update Update: In an interview with Bloomberg, Gates said he "was disappointed" with headlines stating he sides with the FBI. ... yet still keeps the misleading title
      Fixed.
    1. luvmytj's Avatar
      luvmytj -
      The title says he does not back the FBI but the story says he does...
    1. Caiden Spencer's Avatar
      Caiden Spencer -
      Quote Originally Posted by luvmytj View Post
      The title says he does not back the FBI but the story says he does...
      Hit F5 I have changed the article.
    1. slickric's Avatar
      slickric -
      This has been a great site for Apple and in particular iPhone info over the years. I remember coming here to follow guides on jailbreaking my original iPhone. Fast forward to now and there are articles misquoting and misrepresenting competitors and then poorly trying to update once called out. So long, its been a great journey.
    1. SpiderManAPV's Avatar
      SpiderManAPV -
      Quote Originally Posted by slickric View Post
      This has been a great site for Apple and in particular iPhone info over the years. I remember coming here to follow guides on jailbreaking my original iPhone. Fast forward to now and there are articles misquoting and misrepresenting competitors and then poorly trying to update once called out. So long, its been a great journey.
      You realize that just about every single news outlet reported the same thing right? This wasn’t mmi getting back at Bill or something.
    1. King_O_Hill's Avatar
      King_O_Hill -
      Quote Originally Posted by slickric View Post
      This has been a great site for Apple and in particular iPhone info over the years. I remember coming here to follow guides on jailbreaking my original iPhone. Fast forward to now and there are articles misquoting and misrepresenting competitors and then poorly trying to update once called out. So long, its been a great journey.
      Good bye. Sadly, you won't be missed.
    1. Albut's Avatar
      Albut -
      Good man he cares about people lives and put that before profit. Microsoft leads the way again.
    1. King_O_Hill's Avatar
      King_O_Hill -
      Quote Originally Posted by Albut View Post
      Good man he cares about people lives and put that before profit. Microsoft leads the way again.
      Microsoft is in business to make a profit, not hunt terrorist. I guess you really didn't read it too. Haha