Recently, the F.B.I has requested that Apple, the phone company who is responsible for the iphone, to help decrypt one of San Bernardino attackers phones. Apple later refused to do so in anticipation that this would open the door for the government and other governments to access people’s iphone’s and invade their privacy.
Now, as if this event couldn’t get any stranger, Bill Gate’s is giving his two cents on the issue.
“This is a specific case where the government is asking for access to information. They are not asking for some general thing, they are asking for a particular case,” Bill Gates told the Financial Times. “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. Let’s say the bank had tied a ribbon round the disk drive and said ‘don’t make me cut this ribbon because you’ll make me cut it many times’.”
It seems as though Bill’s philosophy slightly differs that of rival Apple’s, who would’ve thought?
Either way you slice it, the decision of whether or not to decrypt the phone’s is going to be a historical on. Government versus Tech Giant, Super powerful versus super rich.