In a free enterprise system freedom of choice is paramount. Accordingly, if I choose to purchase a cell phone that cannot be hacked that is sold on the free market in the United States, my choice should be protected.
In the case of employers who provide cell phones to their employees, as was the case of the phone at the center of the controversy between the U.S. government and Apple, the employer had a choice of what kind of phone to provide. In the case of the California agency, which owned the phone, it made a poor choice of phone considering that no employer can know what an employee may be up to.
We learn from our mistakes, or at least we should. Persons who put phones in the hands of third parties, like employees, friends or family, should consider that by so doing they may be enabling untraceable bad behavior by choosing a locked model. However, my freedom to choose shouldn’t be impeded by the inappropriate choices of others. That concept is still a key provision of the U.S. Constitution.
Jim Crowder, Miami
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