Position 2 Analysis - Privacy vs. Security (Outside Sources (Aside from…
Position 2 Analysis - Privacy vs. Security
Privacy over Security
Fourth Amendment states that the citizens of the United States have the right to privacy and unreasonable search and seizures from the government
Privacy Act of 1974 - Agencies give public notice of their systems and records
In a general sense, the government has the duty and obligation to protect the freedom and infortmation of its citizens
"...laws have changed allowing more government invasion. We can look at the Patriot Act and see first hand of these changes"
(Is Privacy a Thing of the Past?, Danner).
Though the government is supposed to be giving us privacy, this act allows them to still access our call, emails, messages, and much more, therefore allowing security to abridge our right to privacy
"...mass surveillance technology effectively does away with the right to privacy of communications on the Internet altogether"
The government is sort of using us as a means to and end by gathering information about us. It is for their benefit, but it does us no good for agencies to get their hands on our personal lives like they are.
It has been shown that some computer industries
"...have been using... private info, to make financial gains"
(What Does Privacy Mean to Me?, Unknown)
Citizens maintain utility and happiness if their personal/private lives are kept to themselves away from the world to see.
Health records and financial information should be kept private so citizens are not scared that their information gets out to others.
People will be more happy in the end if they can do activities and search the web without feeling like their every move is being watched
"...to be able to be free to do what you wish without scrutiny as long as you cause no harm..."
(What Privacy Means to Me, Bell).
Security over Privacy
USA PATRIOT Act after 9/11
"Privacy is in the mind... so how is there a way to define and implement laws for it
" (Privacy Presentation, Bailey).
Security can be more accurately and effectively measured compared to privacy. Everyone has their own view on what privacy means to them, so it is technically nearly impossible to establish solid laws pertaining to it.
Government is required and has the right to listen to phone calls and observe emails, social media, etc. for threatening messages against the United States indicating a possible terrorist threat.
Kant's Categorical Imperative
Going along with Rule Utilitarianism in this situation, Kant's Categorical Imperative states that there is a supreme principle of morality that exists.
The government is doing the moral thing they feel obligated to do: collect and gather our information to record data and search for any alarming material across networks and the web.
In the long run, people will have more happiness if threatening behavior is exposed and caught.
"Only if you're doing something wrong should you worry, and then you don't deserve to keep it private"
Some people do not deserve privacy based off of the things that they do and the things that they hide. Privacy is a given freedom, but it must me kept and earned if deemed questionable.
Outside Sources (Aside from classmates)
“Privacy Act of 1974.” The United States Department of Justice, 17 July 2015, www.justice.gov/opcl/privacy-act-1974.
King, Eric. “BILETA 2014 Privacy and Digital Communications.” International Review of Law, Computers & Technology, vol. 29, no. 1, Mar. 2015, pp. 4–15. EBSCOhost, doi:10.1080/13600869.2015.1014642.
Hartzog, Woodrow. “The Fight to Frame Privacy.” Michigan Law Review, vol. 111, no. 6, Apr. 2013, pp. 1021–1043. EBSCOhost, search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=a9h&AN=88916124&site=ehost-live&scope=site.
: I believe that Privacy is more important and outweighs Security by a long shot. Though there are some people out there that pose harm to society and though the government has access to some of our information, I believe that privacy reign supreme and will always need to be the number one priority of our government and its agencies.