"¬†¬†In our World, threats to our Country are common and are becoming frequent. Issues like bullying, extremism, terrorism, and even the illegal production and distribution of drugs threaten all parts of the world more than ever. Not to mention, our increasing dependence on technology for business transactions, work, school, and storage of information has opened up a medium to effectuate these actions. The use of the internet no doubt is beneficial but like anything else, it can, and has been put to ill use. Controversy has been stirred up concerning the monitoring of internet content by the government. Many believe that this action is violating their right inscribed in the fifth amendment which protects against self-incrimination, which in turn protects the privacy of personal information. But with the existence of agencies such as the NSA and Acts like the USA PATRIOT Act, the government has shown that it is more concerned with the national safety over personal privacy. Though this topic is more popular now, these types of security measures being practiced by a country in the name of national security is nothing new. It is certain that when it comes to monitoring and preventing potential criminal endeavors, the government has the authority to supervise cyber activity but, should practice effective security measures that would also show respect to the privacy of the public, thus not discontinuing neither allowing this approach to continue unaltered.
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