Letters to the Editor

Privacy rights have limits

In response to the Apple and federal government face-off, people are forgetting that their rights are taken away when public safety is at risk. This has been proven in several court cases such as Schenck v. United States. Freedom of speech is limited; the same way privacy is limited.

Apple knows it will eventually have to abide by the federal government. If Apple caves too soon, it will harm sales. However, if Apple drags out the issue of privacy in court it will suffer less financial damage. If Apple was really concerned about privacy, it wouldn’t share customer data.

Apple is only looking out for its sales while the federal government is trying to find out the contents of a phone belonging to a terrorist. Many terrorist groups are using smartphones, and the Internet to communicate. Learning the contents of these messages can prevent further attacks.

Danielle Amezola, Fresno

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