Tech companies know that their customers value privacy and security, and Apple knows this especially well. That’s why the company has so often
locked horns with police and investigative agencies across the world when it comes to unlocking criminals’ iPhones.
The thing is, not everyone seems to feel this way. In fact, Microsoft founder Bill Gates recently came out to say that, not only should Apple grant the FBI et all access to certain iPhones, they should just build a backdoor into the device for authorities.
In the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation annual letter released yesterday, Bill Gates talked about how he believes Silicon Valley isn’t as worried about government intervention as it needs to be. He warns that major tech companies are being reckless in their push for end-to-end encryption
Apple believes that unlocking even a criminal’s iPhone would set a bad precedent, following which authorities or government bodies could demand similar action even for cases where there’s a more gray area. After all, if the FBI insists that someone is a terrorism suspect, even if they’re nothing more than a peaceful dissident of the administration or a journalist asking the wrong questions, there’s no way Apple can debate that. And once they’ve unlocked an iPhone for the agency, they could be compelled by court order to do so again and again and again. At least, that’s what Apple fears.
What Gates instead points to is that it might be preferable to what could happen if tech companies continue to refuse to cooperate. Both Republican and Democrat lawmakers in the US have begun paying attention to just how pervasive tech is in our everyday life, and just how much the protections that come with that can impede investigations.
In an interview with Axios, Gates says he fears Apple and other similar giants of the industry are on thin ice and don’t even know it. “The 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.
What Gates seems to be saying is that it might be better to create a backdoor for authorities, to be used only when properly legally compelled, instead of waiting for the hammer to drop. Otherwise it could be he fears that tech novices in Congress will decide that backdoors for the FBI are mandatory and free to use in any and all situation.
Yes, that would certainly be a worse outcome, but it seems irresponsible to give up the battle to win the war, when the battle isn’t even halfway through just yet.Don't Miss
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