We all want our data to be protected and our privacy rights protected. We all want criminal activity to be capable of detection. How do we manage the boundary between these competing desires for society? As the NY Times comments below, there are no easy answers.

We are at the frontier now, as a society, and although Big Tech firms are under the spotlight as they are taking different positions along that frontier, it is a question we must address, along with our lawmakers, rather than delegate to the industry alone. In the tech sector, regulation has been resisted in many ways, but regulation has the capacity to be the industry's friend - creating a level playing field and allowing lawmakers to take ownership of moral decisions, rather than the private sector.