Mass Surveillance And The Invasion Of Privacy

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The mass surveillance and the invasion of privacy has been on a steady incline since the 1980s. No one knows for sure how many closed-circuit television cameras have be are installed, but estimates range from 3.2 to 4.2 million. (“Right of Privacy”). Not only has mass surveillance increased but also the amount of terror attacks have also increased around the world. The protection of a nation's citizens is the most crucial and is highly important for a nation's success. Although privacy should never be taken away, terror attacks and domestic violence can be avoided if government had access to emails, phones, and documents; therefore, surveillance of individuals suspected of foreign or domestic terrorists is necessary. Tuesday, September 11, 2001, a terrorist attack in the U.S. killed 2,996 people. On October 26, 2001, the Uniting and Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism Act of 2001(USA PATRIOT act) became a law. Therefore, the government does not need a warrant to surveillance anyone suspected as a terrorist. Most of the law enforcement tools the act allowed were already legal surveillance methods used to investigate organized crime and drug trafficking; the Patriot Act expanded their use to terrorism cases and made them easier to implement. The act also improved information sharing between intelligence agencies and allowed authorities to apprehend suspected terrorists quicker (“Civil Rights”). Furthermore, the

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