In the past few days, the nation has been shaken by a report that the government has been collecting phone and Internet data from Verizon.
Many have been skeptical about this report. A few have sided with the government, saying that this is a necessary step to protect the country’s safety. But many fear that nothing is hidden from the security agencies anymore. So, this is our burning question: In a world where electronic surveillance abounds, do we still have privacy?
It has been revealed that the FBI and NSA have been collecting internet data using a top-secret program called PRISM for the past six years. Is this just another glitch or “scandal” in Obama’s administration, or can we now officially label it as a national conspiracy?
‘Violating civil liberty’
When the Patriot Act and the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act were passed in Congress, the government was instantly handed a tool for extensive spying on individuals. And yet they continue to reason out that they NEED to do this in order to monitor terrorist activities and to maintain national safety. But are they overreaching and is it really necessary to tap into the phone and internet records of the country’s citizens?
Indeed, it is difficult to draw the line between protecting national security and violating civil liberty. Even we ourselves are divided on this issue. Times like this, we have a hard time protecting our privacy when every transaction we have is conducted online. And yet, we find ourselves looking over our shoulder to see if we are being tracked in our every move. Do we still have control over our privacy or is it now just an illusion for us?
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