Bill Gates Sides With FBI Amidst Report That Justice Department To Force Apple To Hack A Dozen IPhones

Posted: Feb 23 2016, 5:37am CST | by , in News | Apple


Bill Gates Sides with FBI Amidst Report that Justice Department to Force Apple to Hack a Dozen iPhones
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Most of Silicon Valley companies support Apple in not giving the FBI access to the San Bernardino iPhone. Bill Gates has a different view.

Microsoft founder Bill Gates said in an interview with the Financial Times that Apple should support the FBI and hack the San Bernardino iPhone.

“This is a specific case where the government is asking for access to information. They are not asking for some general thing, they are asking for a particular case,” Mr Gates told the Financial Times.

There is a big problem now with Bill Gates' stand point. The Wall Street Journal reports today that the Justice Department wants Apple to break into a dozen iPhones. Sources familiar with the matter say that the Justice Department is preparing court orders to force Apple to extract data from iPhones in undisclosed cases around the country.

If Apple caves in and creates a back door into the San Bernardino iPhone then this would basically automatically apply to other iPhones in criminal cases.

The San Bernardino iPhone is not a one off and if Apple opens this one than the Justice Department has the key to all iPhones involved in criminal investigations. If this is a good or bad thing is highly controversial.

A new survey of 1,000 people conducted by the Pew Research center finds that 38% side with Apple, while 51% say that Apple should unlock the terrorist's iPhone. Only 11% say they don't know. I would have assumed more people are overwhelmed by this question.

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