Bill Gates has broken ranks with Silicon Valley in the stand-off between Apple and the US government, saying technology companies should be forced to co-operate with law enforcement in terrorism investigations.

John Gruber: It seems to me he’s arguing that we should not be allowed to have devices protected by strong encryption.

Yet another reason I continue to avoid your products, sir.

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6 thoughts on “Bill Gates has broken ranks with Silicon Valley in the stand-off between Apple and the US government, saying…

  1. I personally think the courts don’t understand the ramifications of what they’re allowing; I know that there’s no such thing as a backdoor that only one party can use. They’re demanding that all information, even the government’s information, be made insecure.

    I can’t speak for Gates, but I do think that he is correct that if we allow the government to demand that telecoms turn over our information, and we allow the government to demand that banks turn over our information, then this is a logical extension of that power, even if it undermines the foundation of digital security.

    It seems to me that his argument is that whatever your stance is on the specifics of this one shooting, we need to have a broader discussion about the power of government, the fourth amendment and cyber security.