Edward Snowden And Internet Privacy

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"A government can be described as a group within a society with the authority to develop and enforce laws and to manage resulting disputes. The authority of the government comes from the consent of the people, promoting agreed upon goals which benefit individuals within the given society. The Constitution of the United States, written in 1787, provides a basis for understanding the fundamental ideas underlying a government and evaluating its actions. As time has progressed, the Constitution has been used to evaluate various issues, internet content being one of them. Ultimately, the government at either the federal, state, or local level should have the duty to monitor internet content used by the American people as long as they are not hindering…show more content…
Most significantly, Edward Snowden, who worked for the National Security Agency, released top secret documents confirming this theory. Snowden believes the NSA’s tracking of Americans will only get worse in the future; this is a danger to our democracy. The U.S. Department of Justice has accused Snowden of “theft of government property, unauthorized communication of national defense information and willful communication of classified communications...to an unauthorized person” (Finn, 2013). Although Snowden will go down in history as one of America 's most consequential whistleblowers, he sacrificed everything because he did not want to allow the government to destroy internet freedom and Americans’ basic…show more content…
Each day, issues of security arise over the internet, especially among teenagers and children. In the late 1990s, the government became aware of the growing need to protect privacy online. The Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act of 1998 was the first law of its kind. The law protects the privacy of minors by legislating that online entities will not obtain a child’s personal information without parental consent. In addition, some federal legislation was developed to protect children while online. “The Children’s Internet Protection Act of 2001 which protects minors who access the Internet in schools and libraries ensures that websites block obscene and harmful content.” and “The Protect Our Children Act of 2008 regards the online safety of minors and protects them from cyber enticement and child pornography” (Butler,

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