Privacy And The Privacy Of Privacy

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Privacy is the ability to maintain what or who can access and see your personal content and information. With that, the idea of privacy is different amongst different cultures and countries, while they all differ, they share common characteristics. The act of sharing ones own personal information is decision one must make on their own. Privacy is a right that all people should have and the government has the responsibility of maintaining that right. Data such as personal emails, bank details, medical records, and passwords need to remain safe and secure to ensure privacy is not invaded. With the controversy of intrusion of privacy, this has forced various governments to make laws and clarifications of laws in multiple countries. For example, in the United States, the principle underlying meaning of the fourth and the Fifth Amendment is the protection against the invasion of the sanctity of a person’s home and the privacy of life. Now, there are more factors that go into privacy than, say 100 years ago.Between 1850 and 1890, the United States newspaper circulation increased by 1000% from 100 papers with only 800,000 readers to 900 papers with more than 8 million readers (Warren & Brandeis). In earlier times, it was much easier to keep your business to yourself, but with the increase in journalism and increase in technology, it has become progressively harder to keep your privacy. Included in the advances of technology, the first handheld camera, which was lighter than the outdated studio cameras, was introduced by Eastman Kodak. Through the debut of the camera, this allowed common people to start taking pictures, pictures of whatever they wanted. There was no issue when cameras first came out, because no one thought about the is... ... middle of paper ... ...ion gathering (Zuckerbrod). In many instances, the websites said they did not know that the tracking was occuring. Though, some websites say they benefit from the data gathered by the “cookies” gathered (Zuckerbrod). A cookie is a software file that allowed a site to identify an individual computer that logs onto a certain site. While cookies are depicted as negative, they also have many benefits. They allow each website to be more personalized on the users preferences from what they’ve learned by tracking their activity. "Generally when we think about privacy and the government, we want to make sure that the government is transparent and does protect privacy over and above the rest of the Internet and the rest of the private and nonprofit sector," Ari Schwartz, a senior policy analyst for the Center for Democracy and Technology, which follows privacy issues stated.

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