The federal government should not have warrantless, backdoor access to private communication systems like Twitter.
The federal government unfortunately already has the capability to access everything stored by Big Tech companies, according to recent revelations from Twitter CEO Elon Musk that federal agencies had “full access” to private messages on Twitter.
There has been an ongoing struggle between the federal government and privacy-minded organizations when it comes to allowing back doors into users’ messages and data through sometimes questionable legal avenues. It is unprecedented that certain federal agencies have “full access to everything” in Big Tech systems.
The close partnership between Big Tech and the federal government deteriorates the privacy rights of Americans. This relationship highlights the importance of encryption for protecting Fourth Amendment privacy rights.