Bill Gates Believe iPhone Security Should Be Lessened

Bill Gates Believe iPhone Security Should Be Lessened

Gates warned that Silicon Valley's freewheeling libertarianism, a successful strategy when tech companies were insurgents, won't fly at the scale of Google, Facebook, and Amazon.

When asked how tech firms have been resisting government oversight, Gates pointed to the topic of end-to-end encryption, something that tech companies have staunchly defended as government officials have requested access to private messages.

- We have written to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation for a clarification and will update this space when/if we hear something. "Companies need to be careful that they're not. advocating things that would prevent government from being able to, under appropriate review, perform the type of functions that we've come to count on", he said. When pressed on whether Gates meant being able to unlock an iPhone, he replied, "There's no question of ability; it's the question of willingness". Some might read that as requiring a universal iOS backdoor that government actors could open with a court order, but offering case-by-case assistance to investigators could have the same effect. In other words, it sounds as if Gates doesn't buy Apple CEO Tim Cook's claim that they don't have a backdoor to the iPhone (and that creating one would be considered too dangerous).

Gates continued that the double-edged nature of impactful technology is availability to small, independent, unregulated groups.

He also questioned tech companies' "enthusiasm about making financial transactions anonymous and invisible".


During the time Apple was fighting against the Federal Bureau of Investigation in the court, Gates had said that "Nobody's talking about a backdoor... this is a specific case where the government is asking for access to information".

Bill Gates is anxious over the behavior of the biggest tech companies, which he feels, risks major government intervention.

Gates is now a full-time philanthropist, heading up the charitable Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation with his wife.

Microsoft was a part of a landmark antitrust case in the 1990s, wherein the U.S. Justice Department forced the tech giant to curb its influence in the internet browser market.

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