Privacy is a big problem, especially over the internet.
By: Alex Z
People in everyday life have a lack of privacy. Now, with social media, everything is being tracked. Every send on Facebook or Twitter goes into the companies’ system and is saved forever, including your information and location. People are now scared and upset because of hackers that could get into the system and see where they are and what they are sending. Along with this, the government has worked with companies to have access into people's phones and cameras as well.
The access of such things as people's phones an cameras is for safety precautions. So many acts and forms of terrorism and evil are occurring today in life. To know and be prepared for anything that is going to occur, these ways of seeing people's phones and other devices have been implemented. The part that could be upsetting and scary is that people are watching you and you do not even know it. For example, say you are cruising on Instagram, swiping up and down through some funny videos, and "liking" some of the content that you see. The government could be actually watching you, seeing if you are going to be doing harm to anybody or just seeing what you are "liking" or looking at in general. Your phone can even be off, and the government can still see what the camera sees. This is honestly creepy to me, let us see what other people think.
To see how other people felt about this, I went to my mom and asked her some questions. I first asked, “how do you feel about the government or anybody else having the ability to track you wherever you go and what you send on the internet?” She responded, “to be honest, I think it is necessary for the government to use it (spying technology). Even though it is private information it should be able to be seen for protection uses only. In case of something is going to happen, like a terrorist attack, we can be prepared. For the hackers that will be able to get in (and see our private information), this is not good. The system should be protected more so nobody can get in but the proper people.” After listening to her response, I asked her then, “what about the fact that people are watching you when you are not even using that device or while you are simply just minding your own business?” She replied, “I do have to admit it is actually creepy, but going with my earlier response, it all goes with the necessity for the safety and protection of the people around us.”
Source: Evgeny Morozov. MIT Technology Review. October 22, 2013