Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Bill Gates backs Phone Hacking

Feb 24 2016 : The Times of India (Chennai)
Bill Gates backs FBI in iPhone spat

Microsoft founder Bill Gates is backing the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) in its standoff with Apple over unlocking an iPhone in the probe of last year's deadly San Bernardino attacks, a media report said on Tuesday.Breaking ranks with Silicon Valley companies who support Apple in its refusal to hack the phone of one of the attackers, Gates said technology companies should be forced to co-operate with law enforcement in terrorism investigations, the Financial Times said. Gates disagreed with Apple chief Tim Cook's claim that the government was looking for a “back door“ into phones and that compliance would set a wider precedent, it said.
Apple's challenge of a court order to unlock the phone opens up a front in the longrunning battle between tech firms and the government over encryption. US magistrate judge Sheri Pym ordered Apple last week to provide “reasonable technical assistance“ to the FBI, including disabling an auto-erase fea ture after unsuccessful attempts. Apple rejected the or der, saying it was “too dangerous“ to create such a back door.

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