Microsoft supports Apple in dispute with FBI

Feb

26

2016

Microsoft next week is an endorsement in the California court to resist the demands of the FBI to rule that Apple should give access to an encrypted iPhone an assassin. Microsoft says “stand squarely behind Apple. Apple calls to drop the requirement.

Microsoft will next week an amicus curiae hand over to the court, said the legal head of the company, Brad Smith, at a hearing of the US Congress. “We do not believe that courts should handle cases on 21st century technology with a law that is written in the time of the mechanical calculator,” he said, according to the Seattle Times. According to the lawyer, it is up to Congress to decide here.

The law which Smith is referring to is the All Writs Act, which dates back to 1789, the federal courts of the United States allows to force companies to do what is asked. Top executives from Twitter, Google and Facebook showed earlier also show their support to Apple’s refusal to write special firmware for the iPhone an assassin. According to Apple’s CEO would be tantamount to a “master key”.

Former Microsoft CEO Bill Gates appeared at first to support the FBI, but rectified his position later by stating that no one wants the government is everywhere, but it also would not be good if public services are blind. He can imagine situations which must be granted, said Gates.

Apple has now officially asked the court to withdraw the requirement. “This case is not about a single iPhone, the Ministry of Justice and the FBI search through the courts a dangerous power that Congress and the American people they deter:. The ability to force companies like Apple basic security and privacy of hundreds millions of individuals to undermine worldwide, “according to the request according to the Verge.

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