Sharing Is Not Always Caring

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Sharing Is Not Always Caring
As a teenager, receiving one’s very first cell phone is the first step in establishing “popularity.” Tweeting, texting, Instagram-ing and publishing life’s “fails” and funnies are the teen social norm and staple to the lines of communication between other teens. Creativity is put to the test when language is turned into code (wyd, rotflmbo, ie.) and electronic communication between people sitting across the table from each other becomes a matter of national security. A peaceful co-existence between adults and teens continues as long as “actual” communication between both parties is kept to a minimum. But somewhere along the way, the secret behind the codes was made public, and parents everywhere were now able to decipher and share the coded information that was not [originally] meant for the rest of the world—communicational anarchy ensued. In the same manner, personal information not meant for the whole world can cause problems in the lives of those whose information is shared. The right to collect and share information should be limited to specific government programs or for specific purposes such as, Family Watchdog and the United States Department of Justice National Sex Offender Public Website (NSOPW), but not shared beyond that. In order to better understand the differences between American privacy and American security, we must first take a look at these three factors: whose information is being obtained or accessed, what and how is the…

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