Privacy And Privacy Essay

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The United States Constitution gives us the right “ to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness” and to do so without the fear that our privacy will be intruded upon. We have the ability to own land and put a fence around it so no one can come on to our property without our permission. We value our privacy and protect what we say or write on our phones and computers from prying eyes. There are laws set in place, like the Health Insurance Portability Act (HIPPA) that helps protect an individual’s health information. Imagine that your deepest darkest secrets are no longer safe from anybody or organization. In the technological world we live in there is that emanate threat that others can view the intimate details of our life. Now picture …show more content…
The body of rule that is bound to listen to the will of the people it represents and put their interests above all else is potentially putting the citizens constitutional rights at risk. In today’s society American lives revolve around technology, let us take for example the smart phone. We can create a simple grocery list, we can connect to individuals a world away, and share our lives with others, all without thinking about our privacy. The iPhone is equipped with a setting you can choose to enable that after 10 incorrect password attempts all data on said phone is erased. Smart phones also have the ability to track every move of the user from location to location. There is a theory that our government is spying on American citizens personal iPhones without any legal consent under the veil of the Patriot Act. There is evidence that shows we may all be unknowingly under the government’s watchful eye, most believing it is for our best interest. It is something that every smart phone wielding American should be aware of and worried …show more content…
Before 2001 and the Patriot Act was intact, government intelligence gathering was a typical law enforcement approach where FBI agents built a case around supporting evidence, scarce what it is now. When the Patriot Act passed, law warranted electronic surveillance through cell phone, wire taps, granted access to Internet communication and mass data collection. When the Patriot Act was passed almost unanimously through legislation the government was feeding off the fear of the country and the uncertainty of terrorist attacks. The Patriot Act has given the government the freedom to violate citizens rights, many freedoms the government did not possess before 2001. This act’s expiration date continues to get renewed even though it did and still violates our constitutional rights. It fails our to protect our country as displayed in the in the case of the San Bernardino shooting. It was asked “How did this happen?” The couple had thousands of rounds of ammo and 12 pipe bombs were found in their Redlands home, with the enough supplies to make hundreds more. Farook had even made a trip to Saudi Arabi in 2014. Most of us know that the PATRIOT Act has the capabilities with in its law to be able to place anybody on a no-fly list, identify key words being searched on the Internet, in addition to a database that tracks movement of foreigners who are even the

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