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The People, the Nation, and the NSA

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Together as a society we have grown in many ways. Many people would likely say that the greatest growth we have experienced as a nation has been through technology. With the increasing use of technology in America, data has also become an abundant factor. Data use in America has become so common in fact, that now even the National Security Agency has begun to take notice. In the recent past, it has been discovered that the NSA has begun to compile this data across America. They excuse this collection of data as a safeguard to the nation’s security. However, with the collection of personal data becoming increasingly controversial and questionable, it leaves one to wonder what exactly the government wants with the information (NSA Surveillance Programs). Following the information leaked by Edward Snowden, a twenty-three year old Central Intelligence Agency computer technician, information was revealed that proved the NSA was analyzing telecommunication companies’ metadata. Data about data, or metadata, gathered from different companies includes domestic phone and internet data (NSA Surveillance Programs; Snowden Gains Refuge Special Report (Special Report)). Many people can attest their beliefs that the government has gone too far in their surveillance. A recent survey indicated that in 2013, fifty-two percent of politically independent Americans believe that Anti- terrorism programs have gone too far in restricting civil liberties of citizens (NSA Surveillance Programs). In cases of Global Positioning System data use, a 2008 survey conducted by the Washington Post showed a whopping sixty percent of surveyed individuals found the growing use of GPS data by police departments to be a troubling trend (Tracking Technology and Civil Li...

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