Right to Privacy on the Internet
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Right to Privacy on the Internet
The constitutional rights are being debated on the amount of security that the citizens of America should receive on the Internet without invading their right to privacy. Easily obtained information helps law enforcement to track down criminals. The information also allows banks to prevent fraud. Many parties are actively debating whether it is Constitutionally acceptable to use the private information stored and given out on personal computers and in the privacy in the homes of the people choosing to use the Internet. On one hand it can be used to track down criminals that would have never been caught without the technology to do so. On the other opposing side, it is the individual person's right to do what they want in the privacy of their own home. When this right is being taken away, the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) and other government offices are able to incriminate guilty or non-guilty parties for things that they had no right looking into in the first place.
Some say that the FBI should be allowed to have access to encrypted files and documents for personal businesses and in investigations. Encrypted means that access is granted to a specific person using codes, numbers or words to unsure the privacy of the information. Many objects that access to issues not meant for these types of claims are not fair and violate the right to privacy on the Internet. Companies, Associations, Government agencies, and consumers must take every precaution possible to avoid being targeted. If someone does not know the factors and risk then they may be the target of misuse of the Internet. However, a lot of this information that is obtained can be used the wrong way if discovered by criminals. This type of access is unfair and violates a user's right to privacy on the Internet. More and more is being done to protect our personal computers from damage if we are willing to abide to standards and learn of the needed precautions. "Anytime you have a large database you're going to have a few people who misuse it"(Roberts 98).
Many people do not come on the Internet because they are concerned about the security of the information that they release. Seventy-eight percent of surveyed Internet users say that they would use the Internet more frequently if the visited sites were proven to be secure. Ninety-two percent make sure the site is secure before purchasing online merchandise ("A Little Privacy.." 98). There are reasons to be cautious. The Federal Trade Commission found that ninety-two percent of the fourteen hundred thousand randomly surveyed sites collected personal information about their users. After this information was released only fourteen percent aided this flaw in their system.. It is easy to see why the public has a reaction when this statistics are brought to the public's attention.
There are many things that are not common knowledge that the general public should be widely aware of. An example is that anyone can find out your social security number, residence, real estate holdings, and phone number (McCullagh 64). A perfect stranger can find out personal information that you may not want to be publicized. Advances in technology have made it possible for detailed personal information on people to be sold for small amounts of money. Technology is said to have surpassed what was predicted and safety has not kept up to speed (McCullagh 65). In the beginning, the Internet was predicted to be a fad that would soon be extinct. The overwhelming popularity has astonished many people though. In 1994, there were around three million Internet users around the world. By the beginning of 1998, there were over one hundred million Internet users nationwide.
In the Quartering Act that was placed on Boston by England in 1774, soldiers were allowed to be stationed in the home of citizens without reasonable cause to suspect the person of a crime. The Constitution amended the Quartering Act. By removing the soldiers from the home, when there was no reason to expect the person(s) of a crime that is not within their means (Boyer 112).
By passing a bill for the FBI to regulate how the Internet is to be used in the home of innocent parties. Especially when
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