Is your argument that we should live in a fantasy world where criminals don’t commit violent crimes? That would be nice but that’s not reality. When you live in a society the rights of different people inevitably conflict — your right of freedom of the press conflicts with my right of privacy if you want to publish my stolen personal data. In that circumstance your right of freedom of the press loses. Neither right is absolute. Conflicting interests have to be balanced. Your right of privacy must be balanced with my right not to be the victim of a crime. If your argument is that 100% security of the data on your phone vs. 99.999% security is more important than my right to have protection against serious crimes (convicting human traffikers, child pornographers, etc.) then I suggest that your cost/benefit analysis is not a reasonable one. Your right to data security is not an absolute one which is why we have courts, judges and search warrants.

Graduate of Stanford University & U.C. Berkeley Law School. Author of 17 novels and over 200 Medium columns on Economics, Politics, Law, Humor & Satire.

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