On Monday, Bill Gates said that no one was an “absolutist” on either side of digital confidentiality debate, but co-founder of Microsoft Corporation claimed that he supports his company’s proceedings against the Govt. of the United States looking for freedom to tell the customers when federal agencies have sought their data.
“There probably are some cases where Govt. should be able to go in covertly & get information about a company’s email,” said Bill Gates.
“But the position Microsoft is taking in this suit is that It should be extraordinary and should not be a matter of course that there is a gag order automatically put in,” he added.
The lawsuit, that was filed last week in the federal court in Seattle, debates that the United States is violating U.S. Constitution by preventing Microsoft from informing the thousands of customers about Govt.’s requests for their emails & other documents.
The move comes as the competing Apple Inc. is locked in a confrontation with U.S. Govt. over the access to iPhone that belonged to one of the killers in Dec. shooting in San Bernardino.
Bill Gates also said that cooperation between the privacy advocates and the law enforcement would aid in determining that which “legislative framework … strikes perfect balance” on Govt.’s access to the private data.
“I do not think there’re any absolutists who think that govt. should be able to get everything or the govt. should be able to get nothing,” said Bill Gates.
The man who in 1975 had co-founded Microsoft and is still held in admiration by technology world made waves in Feb. when Bill Gates appeared to detach himself from Apple in its legal fight with United States’ FBI (Federal Bureau of Investigation), but he had later explained his remarks and stated that the headlines proposing that he supported FBI’s position were incorrect.