Robbed By Technology

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The idea of privacy has slowly been diminishing over these past few generations. In a time where cavemen existed, privacy was cherished. The Privacy Act of 1974 was created for individuals who were concerned about their privacy rights when computerized databases were developed. It restricted agencies from sharing individual’s information with third parties. However, the Act did not protect all databases due to the fact that “databases” does not have a set stone definition (“EPIC”). In fact, a good example of an exception to this Act would be the Prince George’s County Government website. Located under the “Criminal Division” of this website you will find a link that will direct you to a Maryland Judiciary Case Search. On the redirected link the website states “This website provides public access to the case records of the Maryland Judiciary. Information origination within the District Court system and the Circuit Court of Baltimore City is entered after the close of each court day, and is available online the following day” (“Maryland Judiciary Case Search”). This information can be accessed by anyone. We no longer have control over what is private; technology has access to it all. Privacy was once referred to as being able to do things one considered private without anyone knowing except for those that were around to encounter it. Nowadays privacy has no set and stone definition, but one may see it as committing a private act and hoping no one finds out. However, things considered private can quickly become public thanks to the new high-tech equipment that has been introduced over the past decades. Social networks such as Facebook and Twitter have this feature “Check-In” that allows you to do just as it says, check-in. This fe... ... middle of paper ...,8599,1964873,00.html>. Hill, Kashmir. “Your Online Privacy Is Worth Less Than A Six Pack Of Marshmallow Fluff .” Forbes. N.p., 09 02 2012. Web. . Maryland Courts . Maryland Judiciary Case Search. . Read, Richard. “OnStar Committing 'Brazen' Invasion Of Privacy, Says Senator.” The Car Connection. N.p., 26 09 2011. Web. . Smith, Charles. “Big Brother on Board: OnStar Bugging Your Car.” N.p., n.d. Web. . United States . Privacy Act of 1974 . 1974. .
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