Microsoft founder Bill Gates is weighing in on the FBI and Apple feud, saying Apple should co-operate with law enforcement orders. Fred Katayama reports.
The FBI gets a new supporter in its standoff against Apple. Microsoft founder Bill Gates told the Financial Times technology companies should be forced to co-operate with law enforcement in terrorism investigations. Gates' opinion stands in stark contrast to other Silicon Valley execs who have backed Apple CEO Tim Cook's decision to not unlock the encrypted iPhone of the San Bernardino, California shooter who killed 14 and wounded 22. The FBI and prosecutors want Apple to create a way to unlock his iPhone 5 to check for possible communications with Islamic terrorist groups. In an email to employees Monday, Cook said the case could set a "dangerous precedent that threatens everyone's civil liberties." He called for the creation of a government panel on encryption to explore security and privacy issues raised by advances in technology. Gates says the government only wants specific information and not a master key to break into other phones. Apple's supporters are planning a protest against the FBI on Tuesday in more than 50 Apple stores across the U.S.