What's Public? What's Private?

Chapter 24

2009 Internet Privacy - Are YOU in control?

Point/Counterpoint Articles: They Know What You're Buying

"Internet Target Marketing Threatens Consumer Privacy" by Russ Cobb


"Paranoid Privacy Hawks Don't Realize How Good They've Got It" by Roahn Wynar


Is it ethically acceptable that companies can use your personal information in order to target certain advertisements toward you? Is it legally acceptable?


What are some companies today that tailor their advertisements for consumers based on their personal information?

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"Stripped of More than My Clothes" by Daria MonDesire

Do you think that strip searching is trespassing privacy boundaries? If so, are there any other methods to protect citizens of terrorist threats?


Only 4% of people strip-searched have been found carrying drugs. However, the people targeted at airports to be strip-searched are the minority races. Should everyone have to be strip-searched in order for this method to be successful or just those who look suspicious?

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"Rower with Muslim Name Is an All-American Suspect" by Ira Berkow

Why should people in society be concerned with racial profiling?


How did the terrorist attack on 9/11 affect United States protection policies? Is this reasonable?

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"Why Fear National ID Cards?" by Alan Dershowitz

In what ways does society already have systems similar to a national ID card?


How would a national ID card prevent terrorism? Would this lead to a tyrannical government and limit personal rights?

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"Tap on Merkel Provides Peek at Vast Spy Net" by NY Times

How necessary (or ethical) is it to spy on allied nations?


Should citizens feel betrayed or comforted by the fact that their phone calls and emails are tracked by the government?