Essay about The Patriot Act and Its Effect on Corporations

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The Patriot Act and its Effect on Corporations
SECR 5080 – Term Paper
9 May 2015

Table of Contents
Abstract – page 3
Introduction – page 3
Current State of Affairs as by the law – page 5
Impact on computing – page 6
Surveillance on Businesses – page 9
Penalty on non-compliance – page 10
Internet Service Providers – page 10
Conclusion – page 12
References – page 13

The Patriot Act was written into law just a mere 45 days after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States. The Patriot Act was intended to counter terrorism by providing law enforcement agencies and intelligence agencies with an easier means to target those connected to terrorism. The Patriot Act has had a great impact on
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Critics of this law believe that the passing of the Act was done with haste from the fear that engulfed the country following the September 11 attack. This argument may hold some truth since the passing of the Patriot Act was exceptional from other proposed laws that would have to go through inter-agency review, committee hearing process, and voting. The Patriot Act was excluded from this process, less studied by the Congress and insufficiently debated without testaments from experts outside law enforcement to make changes to it and consider its approval.
The Patriot Act gives both domestic law enforcement bodies and international intelligence agencies sweeping powers to ensure safety of America and its infrastructure regardless of the cost. Security in America is therefore tighter than before, with safer borders and higher level of information sharing throughout government agencies to intercept and neutralize security and terror threats. The provisions in Section II of the Patriot Act are quite specific to surveillance procedures of government agencies, which probably cause the most ruckus both locally and internationally because of gross violation of privacy. From the Act, regulations are implemented on the general conduct of companies with regard to disclosure of information that is used to assess any security threats. Corporations are therefore directly involved with the surveillance procedures of the American government where companies

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