There is no easy way to put it; since the rise of tech companies and personal electronics, the battle for dominion over user data and the rights to access and use this data has been hotly contested.
Behind closed doors, the struggle between tech and various entities of law enforcement, ranging from federal government agencies to local police departments, to strike a balance between security privacy without hindering law enforcements’ ability to do its job only gets more difficult.
The line is as fine as they get. How can tech companies protect user privacy but adhere to laws that violate this user right to privacy? Even now, as prominent as big tech is, there is relatively little regulation and laws that protect user information or privacy. It is generally understood by many in cybersecurity and tech that most people do not know just how much free services like Google or Facebook are actually paid for and how these companies make money from the private data of users.
In OSS, we want to have an open discussion about not only the technical things, but also issues that effect us and our membership everyday. This is a great way to start. Feel free to leave a comment or question!