Thank you for your recent editorial on guarding online privacy. As a 50+ year veteran of IT I have to say that the issue is, at the very best, an extremely difficult one. In fact, there may be no complete answers.

While my early years in Army Intelligence and at the NSA showed me that it is possible to design and create a “secure” system, that is both a hardware and a software issue. And hackers will always be attacking such systems as well as the ones we all use, which cannot be completely secured at all. In fact the internet was, by design, supposed to be open and free flowing.

It was never intended as a secure platform. It was for the free flow of ideas and the exchange of information. That does depend on civility and respect and honesty which seems in very short supply these days. Otherwise it is, by nature, subject to serious abuse.

In their defense, our big tech companies have a tiger by the tail and do not know how to let go – if there is in fact a way to.