A Transparent World: Government Involvement in Citizen Affairs

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In the interconnected global community we live in today, there is much controversy over the appropriate level of government involvement in citizen affairs. As of late, government agencies like the United States’ National Security Agency (NSA) and Great Britain’s Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ), among others, have been monitoring the phone records and internet activity of people in every corner of the world (Eaton). These governments believe that in order to maintain a safe environment for citizens at home, they must have access to this information. However, many claim that by accessing this information, the government agencies are unjustly spying on ordinary individuals and are violating their right to privacy. But is …show more content…
In the interconnected global community we live in today, there is much controversy over the appropriate level of government involvement in citizen affairs. As of late, government agencies like the United States’ National Security Agency (NSA) and Great Britain’s Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ), among others, have been monitoring the phone records and internet activity of people in every corner of the world (Eaton). These governments believe that in order to maintain a safe environment for citizens at home, they must have access to this information. However, many claim that by accessing this information, the government agencies are unjustly spying on ordinary individuals and are violating their right to privacy. But is privacy a right or a privilege? Put simply, it is neither. Recent events in world history now demand that personal privacy be sacrificed in order to reach a satisfactory level of international security. Over the past century, significant advances have been made in global travel and global communication, two important areas that influence international security. After commercial air travel was made widely available in the mid-twentieth century, global travel was revolutionized; anyone in the world with enough money for an airline ticket could, and did, travel anywhere they desired. Global communication was changed forever with the introduction of mobile phones, personal computers, and the Internet to a large and diverse market of consumers. Now,