Digital privacy concerns, which have been a major issue in our country since 2001, increasingly violate our basic human rights as global citizens. The growing amount of government surveillance has manifested in the enactment of acts such as SOPA and CISPA. Although their intent on stopping digital piracy and attacks were clear, both were immediately met with harsh criticism; they allowed big corporations to violate our privacy rights by sharing our personal information with both other companies and the government. Our President, although publicly expressing his acknowledgement of the issue, failed to discuss an array of other pressing dilemmas regulated by the recently exposed National Security Agency (NSA), especially those involving the mass data stockpiles and the rights of foreigners against immoderate and disproportionate surveillance by the US. Furthermore, the intentions of the NSA still remain unclear; why is the collection and the extended retention of this data useful?
Edward Snowden is America’s most recent controversial figure. People can’t decide if he is their hero or traitor. Nevertheless, his leaks on the U.S. government surveillance program, PRISM, demand an explanation. Many American citizens have been enraged by the thought of the government tracing their telecommunication systems. According to factbrowser.com 54% of internet users would rather have more online privacy, even at the risk of security (Facts Tagged with Privacy).
The National Security Association is a necessary organization that is effective in securing the nation’s safety. The National Security Association is a program in which the American government uses to intrude on other countries and even the United States of America. The National Security Association was established on November 4, 1952 by President Harry Truman. This program helped break Japanese and German codes during World War Two (Frequently Asked Questions About NSA). The NSA stepped up their technology department and adapted to modern technology after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.
The CFAA has imprisoned many people, and many people want changes to the CFAA today. The CFAA was made to cover the majority of computer crimes. The Computer Fraud and Abuse Act was created because the United States Secret Service, and other government agencies needed a law to allow them to investigate cyber-crimes. The United States government also needed a way to discourage and stop people from hacking, accessing data, and many other internet crimes from a government computer. With computers on the rise, and the government converting to computers, the government needed a way to discourage and prosecute someone that damaged or gained access to the government’s information, and any other kind of computer.
The whistleblower Edward Snowden revealed to the world how the American government collects information like cell phone metadata, Internet history, emails, location from phones, and more. President Obama labeled the man a traitor because he showed the world the illegal acts the NSA performs on US citizens (Service of Snowden 1). The government breached the people’s security, and now the people are afraid because everyone is aware of how the US disapproves of people who do not agree with their programs. Obama said that these programs find information about terrorists living in the US, but he has lit... ... middle of paper ... ...S. N.p., 5 Sept. 2013.
Mass surveillance by the United States Government has been a predominant reoccurring issue since classified government documents were leaked in May of 2013. These leaks lead to one of the most significant debates about an individual’s daily life in decades; the constituent’s right to privacy. According to the fourth amendment of the United States’ Constitution, section 1, “the right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated”. The purpose of this amendment in the Bill of Rights is to ensure the protection against unreasonable searches and seizures by the Government without a proper warrant. Top secret leaked Government surveillance programs contracted by the National Security Agency and the Department of Justice have revealed that the government has infected computers with malware, collected phone records, metadata, data, and content from American citizen’s computers and phones.