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Bill Gates Sides With Government in Apple Clash, FT Says

  • The Microsoft co-founder sets himself apart from the industry
  • Gates says case similar to phone and bank record requests
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Apple Turns to Congress in Encryption Fight

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Microsoft Corp. co-founder Bill Gates has sided with the U.S. government in a dispute over Apple Inc.’s refusal to break into a terrorist’s iPhone, breaking ranks with the industry in a face-off with law enforcement, the Financial Times reported.

A court order requiring Apple to help unlock the phone of a terrorist involved in a December attack was a one-time request and “no different” from accessing bank and telephone records, the billionaire told the FT. His opinion appeared to diverge from his own company, part of an industry coalition that backed Apple Chief Executive Officer Tim Cook’s warning that building backdoors into mobile software sets a dangerous precedent.