Some support it wholeheartedly, others believe it’s a PR stunt, a certain megalomaniac Presidential candidate regards it as justification for a boycott, while one of the tech industry’s biggest ever innovators surprisingly sides with the FBI in a “particular” case involving terrorism.
That’s right, Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates clashes with Google’s higher-ups and Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg, though he obviously doesn’t want a backdoor built into every iPhone in use. Instead, he thinks the government is “not asking for some general thing”… yet, but merely technical help in a complicated, sickening instance of crimes against humanity.
According to Gates, “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. 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’.”
Bottom line, the business magnate and philanthropist’s view is Apple should comply with the FBI’s requests and a recent court order in this “specific” dispute, while maintaining its general position on mobile encryption.
What Bill Gates probably doesn’t know however is that the US government wants Apple to extract sensitive data from at least a dozen other iPhones in separate criminal cases where terrorism isn’t involved, so a precedent of consent to law-enforced device unlocking might in fact lead to widespread “backdoors.”