The Importance Of Privacy In George Orwell's 1984

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“We are rapidly entering the age of no privacy, where everyone is open to surveillance at all times; where there are no secrets from government." What William O. Douglas said in 1966 was a prediction of current society waiting to happen. The National Security Agency (NSA) is a United States security agency dedicated to gathering information on any intelligence needed to protect the country. This includes Closed Circuit TV (CCTV) surveillance which can be found around every corner in the streets or your local store. As well as digital privacy, which includes any type of privacy on social media and cloud storage. In George Orwell’s 1984, the main character, Winston, along with the rest of the population is constantly monitored by Big Brother, …show more content…
The NSA has been accused of spying on millions of unaware americans phone calls and tracking their online conversations. In 2013, Edward Snowden, a former Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) worker, leaked and confirmed the suspicions of americans that the NSA was indeed lurking on americans. The BBC reported that, “The scandal broke in early June 2013 when the Guardian newspaper reported that the US National Security Agency (NSA) was collecting the telephone records of tens of millions of Americans … That report was followed by revelations in both the Washington Post and Guardian that the NSA tapped directly into the servers of nine internet firms, including Facebook, Google, Microsoft and Yahoo, to track online communication in a surveillance programme known as Prism.” The NSA has been secretly monitoring our every move without our knowing, listening and reading to our private on social media. Similarly in the novel, George Orwell describes a similar situation, “ "The telescreen received and transmitted simultaneously. Any sound Winston made, above the level of a very low whisper, would be picked up by it; moreover, so long as he remained within the field of vision which the metal plaque commanded, he could be seen as well as heard. There was of course no way of knowing whether you were being watched at any given moment. How often, or on what system, the Thought Police plugged in on any individual wire was guesswork. It was even conceivable that they watched everybody all the time. But at any rate they could plug in your wire whenever the wanted to. You had to live- did live, from habit that became instinct- in the assumption that every sound you made was overheard, and, except in darkness, every movement scrutinized.” The telescreen and the

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