Surveillance in Technology

How does surveillance affect our personal privacy?

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Government Agencies Leading the Use of Surveillance

What the Government Does

There are many things the government does to peek into our personal lives. They can take private information from electronic companies according to CISPA (Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act), they have accepted every request from the NSA to spy on people within the last two years, they are hiding cameras in public and storing the photage into their data bases, and are taking other information from electronic services without questioning from the companies. They have gotten permission to keep surveillance with drones, and already use nine domestic Predator drones for border patrol.
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ANT Catalog

The ANT Catalog is a leaked list of spy equipment put into everyday electronic devises. Some of the Items in this list are the COTTONMOUTH-1, which is inserted into USB cables and reads your files, and can control your computer, and the LOUDAUTO, which is placed into lamps and can hear anything within a 20 foot radius.
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Electronic Surveillance is Wrong and a Violation of Personal Privacy

Almost everyone universally agrees that, in America, it is a violation of privacy for the government to use electronic surveillance on citizens. One reason this is said is that it is a violation to the Fourth Amendment, "The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures shall not be violated." Another is that people are falsely arrested because of facial recognition technology falsely recognizing them for someone else, or because of biased predisposition against social groups (such as racism, sexism, homophobia, etc.) The Government can also threaten people with photage of what others have done, stalk women, and harass citizens. Also, the government uses video surveillance mixed with other factors (such as shortening yellow light times) to increase and punish petty crimes, although it increases dangerous crashes (such as car crashes.) Because of this people feel discouraged to mix with other social groups, which in turn increases the gap between these groups. One more reason is that the government is discouraging the First Amendment through electronic surveillance by making people fearful that what they say will be used against them. Another reason is that drones can be used to inappropriately spy on people and go into private property, or even be armed with weapons to kill people.

Electronic Surveillance is Needed for National Security and Does Not Intrude Into Personal Privacy

Many people support the use of electronic surveillance. One reason is that public spaces are public anyway, so there was no privacy in the first place. Another reason is that electronic surveillance is much less expensive and much easier than other alternatives (such as helicopters vs. drones, or police officers standing watch vs. security cameras.) My third reason is that many companies can make tons of money from drones and entrepreneurs can start up from the drone business. One more reason is that drones can be equipped with sound canons to make crowds break apart if they get too violent. A fourth reason is that there are plenty of restrictions on the Government to keep them from doing bad things with surveillance technology. Another reason is that the people that use advanced electronic surveillance have to go through lengthy processes to actually be allowed to use them. Also, a lot of the surveillance technology has many electronic and physical limitations that hinder it from doing bad things to citizens.
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My View

I believe that the use of any type of unarchived noticable surveillance in public is okay and should be allowed. However, I do feel that hiding cameras and things similiar to that shouldn't be allowed and should stopped, and more so I feel that doing anything to collect data from someone's home other than the services that the government provides shouldn't be allowed. I also believe that drones are okay to use, and that monitoring without censoring the internet is fine since it's for the world to see anyway. In short, I believe that that unarchived noticable surveillance of anything that others can see is okay, but the surveillance of one's personal life inside the walls of their home is not justifiable in any way, shape, or form.


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