The Pros And Cons Of Monitoring The Internet

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"The government has a substantial amount of freedom when governing their nations. Their guiding principles are listed in the Constitution however, this does not prevent them from improvising and bending the rules to their benefit. One scenario is when the federal, state, and local government monitor the internet content of the people. What some people fail to recognize is it occurs more often than people think, and not only by the people in the government, but also by companies and corporations. Although the government and major companies can be deemed wrong for performing these acts, it can be argued that they are doing it for the safety of the citizens.
The NSA, for example, is one of the many parties responsible for Internet monitoring.
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These limitations are necessary in keeping the balance between being beneficial and exploitation. “Less obviously harmful are online companies’ unauthorized uses of consumers’ private data to make money through the sale of that information to advertisers and other commercial websites, or through the tracking of consumers’ physical movements or web browsing patterns” (Abbott). The indicated is a violation of the people’s rights. They include but are not limited to the fourth amendment which touches upon the right to unreasonable search and the first amendment which states the rights to freedom of speech, religion, press, and assembly. In light of these rights, organizations, laws, and other parties have taken strides to prevent the law-making bodies from overstepping. Such strides include Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act which protects any child under the age of 13 from websites that collect personal information from being shared. Despite all the regulations people are still not completely protected from exploitation. “Companies like Google and Facebook are not covered by the First Amendment, which applies only to the federal government.” (Sydell). In cases like these extra measures would be taken by the government to prevent any fraud, identity, theft, or other danger from being
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