A tech giant is siding with the government over whether a locked iPhone should be hacked to gain information about the San Bernardino terror attack.

FOX's Tonya J. Powers has the story:

Microsoft founder Bill Gates is backing the FBI in its battle with Apple over hacking into a locked iPhone as part of the investigation into the attack:

(Gates) "The courts are going to rule and it will be good to have that precedent. I do think people want the government to act on their behalf."

In an interview with the Financial Times, he compared the FBI's request to accessing bank and phone records. But added that the government must be subject to rules about when it can access that kind of information.

The iPhone was used by Syed Farook, who, with his wife, killed 14 people in December before dying in a gun battle with police.

Apple says allowing a back door into the phone is a dangerous precedent that would threaten data security for millions.

Tonya J. Powers, FOX News.