Increasing Government Surveillance

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Is increasing government surveillance ethical in regards to exchanging consumer privacy for public safety?
This question popped up immediately when I heard the prompt, as I'm sure some others have said too. Of course, it didn’t come out right off the bat, but instead I asked myself what would be an easy yet interesting topic to write about. Originally I was only going to focus on recent events such as the FBI v. Apple case, but then I noticed I can delve deeper into the subject with past events such as recent leaks from whistleblowers and the growing concern of one’s personal privacy. You can talk about the NSA and post-9/11 U.S security measures for government surveillance and various other things, it doesn’t solely revolve around leaks and …show more content…

Brookman’s article ranges from how efforts to improve privacy laws have been futile and how privacy protections have actually diminished. Throughout the article, Brookman concludes that although the motions for privacy are far from actualization, the issue of privacy is slowly evolving and becoming more recognized. Brookman provides a solution for those concerned with protecting their privacy, but the main goal seems to be suggesting the reader to observe the real situation regarding privacy laws and protections and taking actions to protect their own privacy. This text is essential because of its truthful view and its suggestive manner. Parts of this article can easily be used in discussions regarding the privacy and protections. Several subsections of the articles address the dwindling control of consumers and their privacy and would serve to provide arguments for and against consumer …show more content…

Surveillance and the right to privacy have far reaching consequences and implications. In fact, both involve even more topics such as encryption, hacking, and leaks of sensitive information. Sure it is easy to conclude from the sources included in this piece that surveillance does diminish personal privacy to a certain extent, but it’s better to deduce that more people should understand and be aware of how serious of an issue this really is. There are people who seek to promote and diminish surveillance and consumer’s control of their own information and that contributes to the complexity of this growing problem. The research done so far only touches the surface of why it is important for people to learn about protecting themselves from unwanted spying, yet it still needs to expand into explaining more in depth the goals of the government agencies that encourage surveillance programs. As of now, after reviewing all these sources, I think it is important to stress that this issue is not simple. Moreover, is it worth it for an individual to sacrifice personal liberties such as privacy for "safety" through increased surveillance? Consumer privacy should not be sacrificed to ensure public safety since this would undermine the personal liberties of millions of

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