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Bill Gates Weighs In On Apple Vs. FBI Encryption Battle

Microsoft cofounder Bill Gates adds his opinion to the Apple vs. FBI debate. The government has demanded Apple grant access to the locked iPhone of a suspected terrorist.

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User Rank: Ninja
2/24/2016 | 3:46:27 AM
Re: FBI vs Apple
If information-age devices weren't invented, and terrorists communicated by letter, wouldn't the government have demanded to see that letter under circumstances like these? Why are smartphones sacrosanct if paper isn't? Five Hundred years ago, printers, the "tech giants" of their age, didn't direct policy on secrecy.

Safety from external danger is the most powerful director of national conduct. To be more safe, [nations] at length become willing to run the risk of being less free.

-Alexander Hamilton, Federalist No 8, "The Consequences of Hostilities Between the States," New York Packet, Tuesday, November 20, 1787.
User Rank: Strategist
2/23/2016 | 9:54:54 PM
FBI vs Apple
In 1755 Benjamin Franklin wrote "Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety." With a government mandated backdoor we'll be giving liberty to the bad guys and sacrificing our safety based not on Apple's "marketing strategy" but on the government's.
User Rank: Apprentice
2/23/2016 | 5:07:58 PM
There is also several references in APPLES Rules, Conditions, and Terms pages that do specify
This is a pretty interesting thing that Apple is publically doing. They are making news conferences about not wanting or thinking they should comply with the specific requests of a National Security Investigation.  However if you read in depth, the ITunes Terms and conditions, for example, you will find Apple states everywhere there is a violation that serves Apple's express rights, such as piracy or unlawful content or third party apps or undisclosed info hidden in apps.... basically Apple states they will investigate ahd extract any information about a user or history or use of any kind without consent and withhout notice  and when circumstances they deem fit violate any law or copywrite infrindgement or any rule of any kind, Apple  will give content from investigations over to Government Officials and Investigations.  

Basically it is a full about face on what they say. Had these terrorists managed to steal apps, then Apple would then investigate and hand over information or account access to the Law Enforcement Officials in the National Secuirty Investigation. So that Apple can use law enforcement or the courts to serve them. But numerous deaths and terrorist posts etc  are not good enough reason.  WOW  really???  

This observation was made with no position as to whether  this "stand" Apple is making to media about why they are refusing to cooperate is right or wrong. It simply seems to offer proof that Apple regularly offers evidence that was obtained by any means they felt like to help prosecute any violators of laws or their own rules..    

To me its pretty cut and dry, by their own ruiles they have proclaimed Apple  can and will provide information when it suits Apple.  So in my opinion this is far worse than government investigations in direct involvement of terrorist activities.  Since Apple also states that anyone who violates their rules is subject to their handing over  of information, is Apple saying that the terrorists didn't violate their terms by posting details of their intended terrorist acts?.   There is some valid arguements hat can be extracted from the various terms and rules etc on the Apple website.
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