Losing Privacy For Capture Criminals Essay

2226 Words Sep 15th, 2014 9 Pages
Losing Privacy to Capture Criminals

With the loss of privacy becoming an uncompromising way of the future, the internet and electronic devices has become an asset in capturing criminals. The loss of privacy has affected all users; the ordinary citizen that is not involved in criminal activities has suffered a loss of privacy as well. This loss of privacy has thwarted terror attacks on United States (US) soil, helped catch thieves of small petty crimes all the way to federal crimes such as “Identity Theft”. According to the Telecommunications Act of 1996, the "Communication Service Providers (CSP) are required to keep records of your internet usage” (Poullet, Y. 2004 Pg. 251-273) becoming a digital record of your activities. When an agency or department conducts on-line business that contain personal Financial Information, agencies are able to “research a digital footprint to prevent these attacks” (Bélanger, F., & Crossler, R. E. (2011) Pg.35 this allows for financial institutions to see who is hacking in to their business and create an electronic trail to follow.
When criminals are using on-line devices, “the use of Global Positioning Systems (GPS), is used as a means to track down these criminals whereabouts during investigations” (Simbro, E. M. 2010 Pg. 43). With internet access made readily available, stealing a person’s Personally Identifiable Information (PII), has become easy to do, and can be done by anyone with internet. Programs such as Life Lock have aided in…

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