The Right To Privacy In The United States

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Right to Privacy The Constitution guarantees the American people certain fundamental rights, including freedom of religion, free speech and the due process of law. However, the right to privacy is not included. Even though the Supreme Court has deemed privacy a basic human right, since an individual 's right to privacy is not specifically defined in the constitution, the subject is often left open to interpretation. In addition, to lack of a clear definition, the constant evolution of basic technology makes defending ones privacy an even harder task to accomplish. Privacy means different things to different people. This is one reason the debate over privacy laws have always been a sensitive subject. Specific definitions of "private" and "public," …show more content…

The first amendment to the constitution gives us free speech along with freedom of religion; the sixth amendment to the constitution entitles Americans to a speedy trial and the right to face our accusers. These amendments along with all the others were to ensure the American people the most basic liberties. However, the right to privacy is not specifically addressed in our constitution leaving ones legal expectation of privacy open to debate.” The Supreme Court has broadly read the "liberty" guarantee of the Fourteenth Amendment to guarantee a fairly broad right of privacy that has come to encompass decisions about child rearing, procreation, marriage, and termination of medical treatment .(http://law2.umkc.edu)The fourth amendment guarantees "The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects against unreasonable searches and seizures” this combined with the 9th Amendment that states “The listing of a right in any other part of the Constitution does not imply that other unlisted rights do not exist” provides the strongest, legal argument for a right to privacy.(www.privacyright.org). However, being omitted from the constitution is not privacy laws only …show more content…

Technology that was unthinkable ten years ago is old news today, especially regarding the Internet. The amount of data that flows through the Internet is astounding. Much of that data is our personal and private information. The Internet makes finding information on a person or company effortless. Especially, when people volunteer their private information and thoughts on social media sites It is because of this easy access that clearly defined laws protecting ones privacy need to be set. Even though the words “right to privacy” never made an appearance in the constitution, the groundwork was laid. The Supreme Court decisions defending privacy rights have ensured that Americans will always have the basic human right to

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