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4th Amendment Persuasive Essay

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Have you ever had the suspicious feeling that someone was watching you? More often than not, it is just your mind playing tricks on you. With the introduction of so many new smart-technology products, it might not just be your mind playing tricks on you. These advancements in technology allowing for smart phones, smart TVs, smart watches, smart speakers, and even smart toilets have come at a great cost: our right to privacy in our own homes. Most of us purchase these products because they are the popular trend at the time. Have you ever considered that the very devices that we willingly purchase because they are “must-have” may be listening to us and storing information about us without our knowledge? This scary thought becomes even more concerning…show more content…
The Fourth Amendment explicitly states and gives “the right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized” (Smentkowski, 2017). This amendment was designed to protect all citizens, whether or not they fall into the criminally accused category, from unreasonable searches done by the government and police. We are granted personal privacy within a reasonable expectation in our own “persons, homes, papers, and effects” from the government, but this privacy must also be balanced against the government’s interest of public…show more content…
It has gotten to the point where bringing technology into your home willingly has the effect of you giving up some of your freedom and right to privacy granted by the Fourth Amendment. It shouldn’t have to be this way. Technology is advancing too fast for the courts to keep up, and revisions regarding technology should be made to the Constitution to align with today’s tech-savvy society. That being said, people also need to be more aware of the technology that they are using in their everyday lives and how it can limit their individual
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