Bill Gates shows how uncomfortable Silicon Valley tech execs are with Apple, FBI fight
February 23, 2016 - Uncategorized
Bill Gates believes it’s important for the U.S. to have an honest discussion about the privacy vs security debate sweeping Silicon Valley and Washington D.C. in the wake of Apple’s battle with the FBI.
He just seems uncomfortable speaking too directly or definitively about it himself.
On Tuesday, The Financial Times published an interview with Gates musing almost philosophically that in particular cases it may be appropriate for technology companies to give law enforcement access to data. The comments prompted a flurry of headlines saying Bill Gates “backs” the FBI rather than Apple.
The Microsoft founder and former CEO later said he was “disappointed” by that framing of his remarks in a followup interview on Tuesday — then proceeded to hedge his responses all over again. Read more…