Nowadays, our country has terrorist threats once in a while and more often than we expect. That’s why the U.S government allows the National Security Agency(NSA) to look over messages, texts, phone calls, and even personal information of every user on the Internet.
Well, in simple terms this seems no problem at all, as long as we are protected, what would be the problem? But everything changes when we think about them violating the right of privacy that lies in the fourth amendment which bans unreasonable “search and seizure”. When the government collects and shares information about its citizens, it is conducting an electronic version of such banned searches, even though other sources argue that the most important job of government is to “secure the general welfare” of its citizens. Also,according to those sources, the word “privacy” is not found in the US Constitution so it cannot be claimed as a fundamental right.
This is a huge polemic in our society right now. Our government needs to be able to track our actions in order to protect us, but without meddling in our affairs. The worst part is that the line between them is very thin, and it is hard to know how much is too much.However, none of us know what exactly they look at, when they do it nor how deep in they go.“Americans understand that we need to give due weight to both privacy and national security. But right now, Americans aren’t getting even the most basic information about what’s going on with the NSA’s surveillance programs, and whether or not their privacy is being violated,” Sen. Al Franken, D-Minnesota.
This problem does not only end in the NSA, but also in international espionage. In theory, if our government can do it, other countries most likely will do it. Spyware and tracking cookies collect data about our search history, our age, location, interests, friends, items we liked but didn’t purchase and the amount of time we spend on a website.
According to Col. Cedric Leighton, former deputy director of training at the NSA, “People have to realize that cell phones are really miniature radios. Their broadcasts are vulnerable to interception and that means conversations can be picked up by unauthorized third parties if they have the right equipment. In fact, many foreign intelligence and police forces have the ‘right equipment’ to conduct such operations with some degree of success.” And the truth is that, as long as we are online, we could potentially be tracked at all times.
In conclusion, we have to be aware of the actions that our government does in order to “protect” us but without violation our rights;we have to draw a clear line between privacy and security; we have to be aware what they do with that information; we have also to be aware of the espionage from other countries, and, most important of all, we have to be aware of the uses we give to the Internet, the things we share on social media, the personal information we publish on the Web, etc. In my opinion, it is too early to come up with a solution, but what we can do is be sure that nothing there is on the Web would be used against us.
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