Bill gates spoke in support of the U.S. government, have requested access to the Apple iPhone of terrorist involved in murder of 14 people in San Bernardino. The founder of Microsoft did not believe that it will create a precedent for other company’s devices.
“This is a specific case when the government asks about access to information. They are not asking about some General things that they say about a concrete case,” said gates in an interview with the Financial Times. According to him, it is solely about one specific case and should not be generalized.
Query about hacking Apple devices is no different from, for example, information requests from a telephone company or a Bank, says gates: “Let’s imagine that the Bank is sealed with tape drive and said, “don’t make me pick off the tape, because then you will force me to do it many times”.
The position of the gates is contrary to the opinions of other high-tech companies. So, Apple has already got Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp and Google. The founder of social network Facebook mark Zuckerberg has openly supported the decision of the company. “I don’t think that creating loopholes in the security system was the right way. Therefore, we fully support Tim cook and Apple,” said Zuckerberg.
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella has publicly commented on this issue. However, the statement about the hacking released a Reform Government Surveillance (RGS) is an organization that fights for the limitation of the powers of the government in gathering information of users. In the message of the RGS, a member of which is Microsoft, says that IT companies consider important the fight against terrorism, but they should not be required to create loopholes for their own technologies, allowing to keep the safety of customers ‘ personal data.
The decision that Apple must help the FBI crack the phone Sayed Farouk, who participated in the terrorist attack in California San Bernardino, was made by the district court in Los Angeles. In response, Apple CEO Tim cook said that the request threatened the safety of clients and its consequences “are far beyond the legal framework”. The company refused to comply with the ruling and decided to file his appeal.
Apple also called for the establishment of a government Commission or expert group that would consider the impact of the dispute with the FBI on national security and personal freedoms.