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Pros And Cons Of Government Surveillance

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The increasing capacity of the government to spy on our private lives can contribute to a society in which there is no room for privacy and governments control even the minds of citizens. The information collected by mass internet surveillance programs could be used for other purposes by the government and even by private organizations. Data gathered about regular citizens, business people, and political leaders could be used against them or to obtain an unfair advantage. Hackers could potentially gain access to the databases of the government surveillance programs and sell it to rival governments, companies or organized crime groups. These programs are very expensive and mean that many government resources are deviated from other potentially more beneficial policies. It is difficult to assess the efficacy of secret mass surveillance systems and therefore it is…show more content…
In public surveillance cameras good or bad debate, the first argument against video surveillance in public is the invasion of privacy. When you are walking down the street, driving in your car, or hanging out with boyfriends and girlfriends, you will be monitored with cameras placed in public. This creates a complete picture of the private life of an individual. We all have private life, which doesn’t want others or the government to know. Mass surveillance might have its positives but its negatives outweigh its positives.

Too much surveillance can be detrimental and leave people without any privacy. Critics like Representative James Sensenbrenner argue that surveillance can go too far. Sensenbrenner has compared today’s government surveillance to “Big Brother” from the George Orwell’s “1984”.

Increasing political surveillance in the name of protection against war or an enemy fuels the never-ending excuse to monitor innocent people's
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