Although I highly value privacy, one part of the privacy and security discussion should at least consider the merits of snooping. If someone is plotting crimes on a computer, I somewhat like the idea of them getting caught by some government agency surveilling them. If Iran or North Korea wants to build nuclear weapons, I like to see them caught via hacking their systems, or better yet, the US government inserting viruses in to their systems to impair their capabilities.
Let’s consider a future world where Purism has released a whole line of uncrackable phones, tablets, PCs, and network routers. Eventually they have access to chip Designers and Fabs, to create new silicon chips that are designed to prevent all snooping and cracking; no backdoors and no cracking nor snooping work arounds. From silicon design to board-level application, the final product is absolutely secure and completely private.
How do we keep foreign governments like Iran and North Korea from buying and using this technology for purposes that we oppose? How do we keep criminal syndicates from using this technology for illegal enterprises? What is the arguement that allows the government at that point, to require Purism to put government-accessible back doors in to their devices? Can we even trust the government? Putting aside the technological mechanisms, how should the system be structured to maintain ethical controls while preventing abuse?