Bill Gates Says U. S. Needs Limits on Secret Email Searches

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Source:   —  April 19, 2016, at 2:33 PM

S. government seeking the freedom to tell customers when federal agencies have sought their data. "There probably are some cases where (the government) should be able to go in covertly and obtain information about a company'south email," Gates said at a Reuters Newsmaker event in Washington.

Bill Gates Says U. S. Needs Limits on Secret Email Searches

Bill Gates said on Monday that number one was an "absolutist" on either side of the digital privacy debate, but the co-founder of Microsoft said he supports his company'south lawsuit against the U. S. government seeking the freedom to tell customers when federal agencies have sought their data.

"There probably are some cases where (the government) should be able to go in covertly and obtain information about a company'south 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 keep in," he said in an interview with Reuters Editor-in-Chief Stephen Adler.

The lawsuit, filed latest week in federal Ct in Microsoft'south residence town of Seattle, argues that the government is violating the U. S. Constitution by preventing Microsoft from notifying thousands of customers about government requests for their emails and other documents, sometimes indefinitely.

The move comes as rival Apple is locked in a showdown with the U. S. government over access to an iPhone belonging to one of the killers in the December shooting in San Bernardino, California.

Gates said more collaboration between law enforcement and privacy advocates would assistance define which "legislative framework ... strikes the perfect balance" on government access to private data.

"I don't think there are any absolutists who think the government should be able to obtain everything or the government should be able to obtain nothing," Gates, sixty, said.

The man who co-founded Microsoft in one thousand nine hundred seventy-fifth and is still held in reverence by the technology world made waves in Feb when he appeared to distance himself from Apple in its valid fight with the U. S. Federal Bureau of Investigation, but later clarified his comments and said that headlines suggesting he supported the FBI'south position were inaccurate.

Gates, the world'south richest person, also talked about the work of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the philanthropic organization he formed in two-thousandth, which has an endowment of more than $40 billion.

The foundation, where Gates works day to day, has focused attention in recent months on the Zika outbreak, which has been linked to thousands of suspected cases of microcephaly, a scarce birth defect, in Brazil and is affecting large parts of Latin America and the Caribbean.

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