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Bill Gates Says Apple Should Unlock The iPhone | TechCrunch

Bill Gates is siding with the FBI and says Apple should unlock the phone of the San Bernardino shooter. In an interview with FT, the Microsoft founder simply reiterates the Justice Departments claim that this is a one-off case and the FBI is not asking for a general unlocking tool.

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

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, he said. Lets say the bank had tied a ribbon round the disk drive and said dont make me cut this ribbon because youll make me cut it many times.

Gates comments stands in stark contrast to those made by executives at Google, Facebook and much of Silicon Valley, who have applauded Tim Cooks hardline stance against opening this particular iPhone.

Just yesterday Tim Cook released another letter, this time to Apple employees, where he called for the FBI order to be dropped and thanking Apple employees for working on security features that protect customer data.

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