Glad to see this clarification; also see Bill Gates calls for terror data debate (BBC); for a wide-ranging interview, also see Bill Gates, the ‘Impatient Optimist,’ Lays Out his Clean-Energy Innovation Agenda (NYT)
"In an interview with Bloomberg TV, Bill Gates says he was "disappointed" by reports that he supported the FBI in its legal battle with Apple, saying "that doesn't state my view on this."
Still, Gates took a more moderate stance than some of his counterparts in the tech industry, not fully backing either the FBI or Apple but calling for a broader "discussion" on the issues. "I do believe that with the right safeguards, there are cases where the government, on our behalf — like stopping terrorism, which could get worse in the future — that that is valuable." But he called for "striking [a] balance" between safeguards against government power and security.Bill Gates says he was 'disappointed' by reports he backs FBI in Apple fight | The Verge
When asked specifically what his stance was on this case, he said "the courts are going to decide this [case]" and "these issues will be decided in Congress.""