Security system meant to aid, not stifle, users, Gates says "This is a mechanism that if people want to use, for example, to protect medical records, they can use it," Gates said in an interview. "It's a lot of work to do this stuff, and we think consumers will want those privacy guarantees. If they don't want them, then fine, ask me about our other work."
Although no one doubts the need for better security, some have questioned whether Microsoft is best suited to be leading the charge, given its software monopoly and its history of skirting antitrust laws.
"They just don't understand," Gates said.
"That's like saying because we make a word processor, that reporters write what we want them to write or something. I can give you examples to prove that's not the case."