Ethics: Cyber Privacy and The Emergence of New Technology

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The recent revolutions of the world have changed how individuals live their lives. With the creation of new and advanced technology every era, individuals begin to trust new ways of communicating and storing our personal life. This has caused the Internet and cellular networks to be the newest information banks that all societies trust to keep their personal information safe. With these sources being accessed by people around the world, spy agencies are now looking at these information banks as sources to access the personal information of millions of individuals. With Internet privacy becoming increasingly questionable, the debate arises “Is it ethical for the government to access our personal viral information?” Since gaining access to this personal information, many individuals are more vulnerable to attacks and have been denied the right to privacy. Opposition claims that this gathering of intelligence is necessary to ensure public security has been . With personal information being a very important and profound issue, the answer of many would be that personal information should remain private and out of the reach of government. Cyber privacy is becoming increasingly questionable with the emergence of new technologies and the revealing of new government secrets. With the 9 -11 attack in 2001, terrorism and the protection of civilians became a number one priority. The American government went secretly against their own Fisa law by secretly accessing the email and social media accounts of Americans. This law they overlooked prohibited them from accessing the electronic personal information of US civilians without a warrant. Then in 2008, they created the Fisa Amendments Act (FAA), which made much of their devious activity legal... ... middle of paper ... ... are allowing them to continue executing these programs. Works Cited Ball, James, Borger, Julian, and Greenwald, Glenn. “Revealed: How the US and UK spy agencies defeat Internet privacy and security”. The Guardian 6 September 2013. Web. Accessed March 30 2014. Burnor, Richard, & Raley Yvonne. “Ethical Choices: An introduction to Moral Philosophy with cases”. New York: Oxford University Press. 2011. Print. Frank Joergensen, Rikke. “Can human rights laws bend mass surveillance”. Internet policy review 27 February 2014. Web. Accessed April 12 2014. Greenwald, Glenn. “Fisa court oversight: A look inside a secret and empty process”. The Guardian 19 June 2013. Web. Accessed April 12 2014. "Report: NSA Spying Violated Privacy Rules Or Exceeded Authority Thousands Of Times Since 2008." Canadian Press, The (n.d.): Points of View Reference Center. Web. 31 Mar. 2014.

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