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Bill Gates supports Microsoft's lawsuit against U.S. government on data requests

It's not exactly a shock, but Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates stated in an interview this week he supports his former company's recent lawsuit against the U.S. government over data requests.

Microsoft filed the lawsuit last week, claiming that the government has violated the First and Fourth Amendments by ordering Microsoft to keep thousands of data requests to the company secret.

Gates made his remarks about supporting the lawsuit in a chat with Reuters:

"There probably are some cases where (the government) should be able to go in covertly and get information about a company's email," Gates said at a Reuters Newsmaker event in Washington. "But the position Microsoft is taking in this suit is that it should be extraordinary and it shouldn't be a matter of course that there is a gag order automatically put in," he said in an interview with Reuters Editor-in-Chief Stephen Adler.

The U.S Justice Department has not yet commented on the lawsuit.

  • This dude is all over the place in his thinking on this.  Not sure where he actually stand (specially with the FBI/Apple case).  He would make a good politician.
  • If he ran for president, I'd support him! ~The fire inside becomes the dullest shade of me...~
  • I don't live in america but there is a question that everyone is asking in australia, why does everyone love trump... Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • This is my POV and should be treated as such and not fact: He's very blunt as hell, which is something we need, but he's also off the cuff as you can tell. There's plenty of truth in what he says, but there's plenty of bluster and cockiness there as well. I don't have a high opinion on ANY of our candidates, but I'd rather support Bernie Sanders. ~The fire inside becomes the dullest shade of me...~
  • David, the other logic bomb person is still me but my old account I never realized I left signed in. But it's still my answer. ~The fire inside becomes the dullest shade of me...~
  • From what I can see, he only supports government snooping if the situation is extraordinary. Seems like he thinks the Apple FBI case was extraordinary. Pretty straight forward really.
  • yeah, that tends to be a problem with nuanced, balanced and thought through positions.. Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • Bill has been back at MS a couple of years already.
  • Good on MS. I doubt this will get reported as widely as the Apple case.
  • Perhaps if they all stopped selling tech to the government :P