The Great Debate : Privacy Vs National Security

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Michael Haggerty Mrs. Gallos English III Honors 18 April 2016 The Great Debate: Privacy vs National Security In the digital age, the citizens of the United States are torn between which they value more: privacy or national security. On one hand, the people need to be safe from cyber attacks and terrorism, while on the other, the government should be aware of the privacy of the people it governs. The government should not go so far in protecting the country that it interferes with the personal lives of the citizens. There needs to be an even balance. Some people are in favor of their privacy and civil liberties. These people think that the government goes too far trying to protect them. They think the government is spying on them and…show more content…
Those who sided with Apple in the “Apple vs FBI” case knew that if Apple was to unlock the iPhone, then the software that Apple used could also be used to unlock everyone else’s iPhones as well. Chenxi Wang proclaimed that “Apple is now viewed as the flag bearer for protecting citizen data” (Apple vs). People value privacy as a major asset that is best left undisturbed. With all the people who want their privacy over national security, there are some people who want to be more secure than private. The information gathered by the government can be used to stop potential terrorists. Georgia Tech agrees with this statement by saying, “A primary responsibility of the United States government is to protect its citizens and resources against the threat of terrorism” (NATIONAL SECURITY). The information can also be used to put a stop to cyber crime on the internet. Potential threats need to be stopped before they do serious damage. The government already has the technology needed to monitor and stop terrorism before it becomes a problem. However, there needs to be a strong security system protecting the government’s data, or else everybody’s information might be made public through the internet. Another reason that the government needs to protect its data is so potential terrorists cannot hack into the government’s databases and see what the government has collected on them. CISPA backs up these claims, saying that “The bill 's main focus
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