Currently, Apple are fighting an order from the F.B.I to unlock an IPhone used by one of the two San Bernardino attackers.
In December last year, the two attackers killed 14 people in San Bernardino, California.
A federal Magistrate Judge, at the Justice Department’s request, ordered Apple to bypass security functions on the phone.
However, this has resulted in an intense public battle between the Obama administration and Apple debating extensive legal implications for the multinational technology company.
Microsoft co-founder, Bill Gates, , has now added to the row reasoning that the government agency is right to demand co-operation from Apple when it comes to terrorism investigations.
With Gates’ involvement he stands against many prominent figures in Silicon Valley, including the NSA whistle blower Edward Snowden, WhatsApp’s Jan Koum, and Google’s Sundar Pichai.
Specifically, the FBI has demanded Apple to rewrite the software on the iPhone used by the San Bernardino shooter in order to make it possible for the agency to safely attempt to guess the passcode used to lock the phone, without triggering the destruction of data stored on the device.
However, Apple are arguing that the software the FBI wants Apple to create for them, does not exist. But on the other hand, technologists have said that is possible for the company, Apple, to do so.
Apple themselves have many defenders for their actions, and other technology companies have stated in agreement with Apple, that it could make the company and their products vulnerable if they agree to the FBI’s order.
The Justice Department nevertheless still show no sign of backing down, and have stated that: “It is unfortunate that Apple continues to refuse to assist the department in obtaining access to the phone involved in a major terror attack attack on US soil”.