Sid Salter: Apple v. FBI — What can government regulate?

Is the right to privacy absolute? What can the government regulate? Is encrypted digital data to be afforded the same protections as materials traditionally protected by the First Amendment?

Apple in seeking to protect data access in their iOS platform — and now by extension Google in making the same argument to protect its Android data access — is offering an argument over privacy, data access, proprietary technology and First Amendment issues that is at once compelling and at the same time confusing and convoluted…

…Confused? Perhaps we all are. George Orwell once observed that “people sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf.”

But Orwell also said, “Who controls the past controls the future. Who controls the present controls the past.”

ClarionLedger
2/24/16