Most people today have access to the internet, a great tool when used productively, however there are some who chose to violate the luxury they have been given. People commit crimes such as hacking, scamming and surveying innocent people. All of these potential crimes will pose major issues for all of those involved, especially if the law is not quick to reform when new material emerges. Many areas which have needed law reform include the emergence of surveillance technology, infringements on copyright and intellectual property
Since September 11th, fear connected with national security threats has shifted to fear of the federal government. The U.S.A. Patriot Act certainly caused much anxiety amongst society. Signed by President George W. Bush on October 26, 2001, this act increased law enforcement’s surveillance and investigative powers, “The purpose of the USA PATRIOT Act is to deter and punish terrorist acts in the United States and around the world, to enhance law enforcement investigatory tools, and other purposes.” Clearly, federal agents have abused their power, as personal information, telephone calls, and Internet searches were and are being recorded and saved. A recent news article, posted in The Guardian, fully elucidates the intrusive government spying of American citizens, “the watchlist tracks ‘known’ and ‘suspected’ terrorists and includes both foreigners and Americans.
In order to achieve a fair, just and equitable system where both victims and offenders are dealt with fairly and appropriately, more deliberate and specific laws are required. The other major fault with the law is that many major companies like Facebook and Twitter can often evade them under the masquerade of ‘privacy concerns.’ This not only inhibits police presence in preventing cyberbullying instances but heightens the potential risk for users too. 5.0
There are many constitutional implications of government spying programs, one of those being a complete violation of privacy here in the United States. Snowden himself exposed the NSA, as he noted that calls were recorded and various other electronic data were collected on many individuals and kept for future use. There is no denying that the use of spying programs violates an American’s 4th amendment and it often leads to people refraining from posting something controversial due to the fear of being watched. Ever since the WikiLeaks documents were publicized, many people feel paranoid, and rightly so. People used to be able to talk, post and do anything they wanted to with complete freedom. With the realization that the government has access
After the 9/11 attacks on the US, the NSA, or “National Security Agency”, began doing surveillance on the country in order to find terrorists and stop them. The NSA, or National Security Agency, is an American intelligence agency specifically designed for national security. According to their website, “The majority of our nation’s intelligence for counterterrorism, hard targets, and support to military operations comes from the NSA.” However, US citizens are complaining that the NSA’s method for “securing our nation” is “unethical” and “unconstitutional”. They feel like they’re being “violated” and that their “right to privacy” is being overruled.
The internet can be a dangerous place and then again there are millions of children and teens roaming it freely. Coben states that “Trust is one thing, but surrendering parental responsibility to the machine that allows the entire world access to your home borders on negligence ” (6). I agree with Coben because many teens could/are
In the article, “On Social Media, Teens Take Risks First Seek Help Later”, Traci Pederson discusses the risks behind the internet and steps that can be done in order to prevent these possibilities from happening to juveniles. Multiple steps can be completed to educate minors on privacy issues as they use social media. First off, teenagers should be frequently warned about the dangers of the Internet. Informing teenagers about local incidents caused by the misuse of social media teaches them the significance of confidentiality settings. After notifying adolescents on these terrible consequences that occurred from the Internet, they should begin to realize the importance of safety precautions and privacy settings.
In an age of what appears to be increasing insecurity, Americans have to make a choice between being secure and maintaining civil liberties or is it up to the government to decide. Privacy today faces growing threats from a growing surveillance apparatus that is often justified in the name of the national security. Security is privileged over values such as civil liberties after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. Because of this horrendous event the national government, began its surveillance attack in hoping to stop another terrorist attack from happening. The government has been trying to rebuild the security that was lost (“Money”).
NSA Surveillance "I can 't in good conscience allow the U.S. government to destroy privacy, internet freedom and basic liberties for people around the world with this massive surveillance machine they 're secretly building" (Edward Snowden). The NSA began monitoring and collecting sensitive and personal information from Americans such as their emails, phone calls, photos and other private material. Massive surveillance began in 2001 after the terrorist attack in New York and since then there has been a big peak in government watching. It 's unnecessary for the NSA to monitor American’s private conversations as well as other sensitive data because people should be able to have a sense of privacy in personal communication with others. Government watching is something that the government shouldn’t do because although there are bad people in this world it is irrelevant for them to watch everyone because not everyone is bad and many people disfavors this decision.
A few weeks later, these documents were released by The Guardian, and Edward Snowden was the reliable source. Now, people all over knew that the United States Government was spying on its own people through messages, internet searches, browser history, smart T.V’s and many many more. This case is ongoing, as he seeks asylum in other countries. This newfound information raises the question, is Mr. Snowden a traitor, or did he save us all by “blowing the whistle” to warn us about the unconstitutional collection of our private possessions protected by
Once information enters the online data bases, it is impossible to erase. The data can be used in court to draw incorrect conclusions and put someone in prison for good. The U.S. government does keep tabs on its citizens. John Simpson, a privacy project director says, “I don’t really want to live in a total surveillance state where big brother knows everything I do and has all that information at its fingertips.” Edward Snowden released this information out of concern because he thought it was dangerous.
The National Security Agency (NSA) was founded in 1952 for collecting, processing, and protecting information for the United State government. In 2013 Edward Snowden, an employee of an NSA contractor, flew to Hong Kong and meet with journalist to start the process of revealing information about the organizations collection of metadata on US citizens. The metadata included phone calls, txt messages, and thing that people entered into search engines. The documentary Citizen Four captures Snowden’s days in Hong Kong and his conversations with the journalist involved.
In some societies, speaking out against those in power may get someone’s whole family killed, but in a free society like ours, we have the ability to act out against the government without having to worry about how anyone but ourselves may be punished. In 2013, Edward Snowden leaked information on how much the United State’s government monitored their citizens. He has fled the country since, but he doesn’t have to worry about if his family will be punished by the government by his actions. While I do not agree with his actions, they have led to good discussions on the role the government plays in our daily lives and how much they can monitor the people. Snowden has caused change and debate over the level of privacy one should expect from the government, and has caused an issue that wasn’t as big before to be more hotly contested.
“Law Enforcement authorities may now conduct secret searches and wiretaps in your home without showing probable cause.” “Eroding Liberties”(“ACLV”). Although secret searches can help our government catch a terrorist it’s a violation of our privacy in many ways. “It revealed NSA has maintained a number of mass-surveillance programmes over its citizens… regardless of whether or not they are persons of interest. ”(Edward Snowden: the true story…).
"While the Internet-based economy provides many benefits, it also raises new concerns for maintaining the privacy of information. â€œInternet privacy is the privacy and security level of personal data published via the Internet. It is a broad term that refers to a variety of factors, techniques and technologies used to protect sensitive and private data, communications, and preferences.â€ As the federal governmentâ€™s National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) explains: Every day, billions of people around the world use the Internet to share ideas, conduct financial transactions, and keep in touch with family, friends, and colleagues. Users send and store personal medical data, business communications, and even intimate conversations over this global network.