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Privacy in the 21st Century
Transcript of Privacy in the 21st Century
A Changing World
Through social media, texting, cloud computing, digital documents and photos, credit card transactions, online shopping, GPS, email correspondence, etc.,
it is clear that our everyday lives are increasingly consumed by online or technological activities.
A Brief History of Privacy in the US
A Government with No Boundaries
After 9/11, the Bush Administration passed the PATRIOT Act, which led to the formation of a top-secret NSA Surveillance Program called "Stellar Wind."
And this is just the beginning.
Edward Snowden and
the NSA Scandals
Why should we care?
Privacy is Becoming a Thing of the Past
US Constitution doesn't explicitly state a right to privacy, but the Bill of Rights establishes some basic protections
Fourteenth Amendment- right to be secure, due process clause
Griswold v. Connecticut- right to marital privacy
Roe v. Wade- right to an abortion
Privacy Act- establishes Code of Fair Information Practice, but has many exceptions
Electronic Communications Privacy Act- prevents unauthorized government access to private electronic communications
Despite technology's many uses and benefits, it has a dark side as well.
In some cases, information that we believe to be private or secure can still be accessed by others without the person's explicit permission.
Every status update, "like," tweet, photo upload, comment, location "check in," and private message is permanently saved by nearly all social networking sites.
As of May 2013, 72% of online adults use
social networking sites, and 18% use Twitter.
Many are daily users.
Sites are constantly altering their privacy policies. Our personal information is often disclosed to third parties
for marketing and
Edward Snowden exposed a massive spying program that goes far beyond just reading emails.
NSA tracks and stores cell phone GPS location data for up to 2 years
AT&T, Verizon, and other cell carriers collect millions of call logs and give the NSA access
NSA wiretapped phone calls of numerous world leaders, notably German Chancellor Angela Merkel and even the Vatican
To date, Snowden has only released 1% of the files he obtained during his time as an NSA analyst.
In the name of "homeland security," we are increasingly sacrificing our own personal rights and liberties.
The NSA claims to have prevented up to 50 terrorist attacks through their surveillance. There is no clear evidence of this. That poses the question: Is it worth it?
Regardless, we should all be aware that NOTHING on the internet or our phones is ever truly secure, so that we may decide what we want to share accordingly.
They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.
” Benjamin Franklin
A Visual Summation
"Americans paradoxically combine an unquenchable curiosity with an insistence on being left alone...."