Personal Privacy in the Information Age

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Professor Kiehn English 302 3 October 2013 Personal Privacy in the Information Age Some of the most contentious and recurrent argumentative dialogues regarding civil liberties stem from what seems at face value, like a relatively elementary idea the notion of personal privacy. This debate could never be more relevant than in present day society, where globalization and advanced communications technologies have synergized to form a ubiquitous digital library of shared information. The specific example of the delicate balance between personal privacy and national security here in the United States has only further convoluted the issue the debate of whether and to what caliber citizens have privacy rights is hotly contested. As technology…show more content…
Approximately 6 in 10 individuals disapproved of the governments collection of U.S. citizens phone records however around 75 of those polled agreed it was admissible to track the phone records of citizens suspected of terrorist activity. In a poll conducted in April, shortly after the Boston Marathon bombings, results showed only 20 of individuals believed the government had exceeded the balance of intrusion and privacy, with 26 saying they hadnt done enough to maintain national security, and approximately 44 saying their was an adequate balance. Furthermore, approximately 6 in 10 individuals were not particularly concerned with government collection of their phone records and internet monitoring, with the other 4 being somewhat or very concerned (Kopicki). The results from these polls suggest American opinion on the matter is correlated more to occurrence of perceived terrorist threats, less so than concerns of personal privacy there is a new attitudinal awareness, and perhaps reluctant acceptance, of the omnipresence of electronic surveillance. Claiming an inherent right to privacy regarding electronic communications through constitutional evidence necessitates examination of the legalese regarding such issues. There is no actual constitutional amendment that is dedicated to specifically protecting citizens information privacy rights regarding electronic media, with the Fourth

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