Privacy Violations Within Our Gadgets

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Ever since the late 1980s, the market of technology has never stopped growing. Starting from mobile phones to multi-tasking robots, technology has dug its way from a rare, valuable product to an essential part of our everyday lives. Taking advantage of this well known fact, federal agencies, companies and individuals develop ways to tear down the wall of defense guarding our private property we trusted in our gadgets. While it is understandable that tracking is needed to ensure safety, public should not be the new privacy.

Privacy, the state of being free from public attention. Public, open or shared to all people. Two distinct meanings joined together by a violation of a single right – the right of privacy. Based on the book Privacy by Garett Keizer, Verizon receives 90,000 demands for information from law enforcements agencies every year, and National Security Agency (NSA) alone intercepts 1.7 billion e-mails everyday. And yet, 40% of US adults think they totally understand how to protect their online privacy.

September 11, 2001 – the date US took a whole new approach on privacy laws to aid in safety. President George W. Bush put in the USA PATRIOT Act (Uniting and Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism). This gives groups such as the NSA and FBI permission to take all necessary measures to prevent a repetition. They were able to grasp information on all forms of communication, inspect all suspicions and
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