He thinks the Cupertino, California-based company should comply with the government’s request. Gates disagrees with Apple’s claims the creation of a “backdoor” would establish a precedent both for the Justice Department and international state players looking to get their hands on consumer data.
"This is a specific case where the government is asking for access to information. They are not asking for some general thing, they are asking for a particular case," he said. "It is no different than [the question of] should anybody ever have been able to tell the phone company to get information, should anybody be able to get at bank records. Let's say the bank had tied a ribbon round the disk drive and said 'don't make me cut this ribbon because you'll make me cut it many times'."