With the developments and the recent attacks on the internet, there has been a need to ensure that cyber attacks and terrorism have been the most common concerns for government regulations. After the numerous attacks and cyber attacks that are common on the internet, there has been the need to have laws and acts to control these terrorist acts. This is the reason why the USA patriot Act was formulated. The main intention was to ensure that terrorism was fought in the US and the rest of the world. This aspect allowed and gave the law the power and freedom to investigate the activities that are undertaken on the internet. This will be a way of protecting citizens and internet users from attacks that are bound to take place online. The act, therefore, allowed the people undertaking the investigations to use tools in the process of investigations for activities which are considered to be suspect. This paper will look at the USA Patriot Acts that were enacted to counter terrorism after the September 11 2001 attacks.
Introduction of USA Patriot Act
After the attacks which happened in the United States, the Congress agreed in one voice to have laws that would counter terrorism. This was undertaken in the quest to have safe America and security of the citizens of America. The main intention was to ensure that terrorism was fought in the United States and indeed, the whole world. This aspect allowed and gave the law the power and freedom to investigate the activities that are undertaken on the internet. This will be a way of protecting citizens and internet users from attacks that are bound to take place online. The act, therefore, allowed the people undertaking the investigations to use tools in the process of investigations for activities which are considered to be suspect. The tools that have been allowed by the act to be used in the fight of terrorisms and organized crime have been in existence from time immemorial. This law was enforced after the attacks of September 11 2011 so that it could act as a counterterrorism. The law was given the required attention and it was eventually passed to law by President Bush in the year 2001. The Patriot Act gives the domestic law agencies the powers to search for leading information regarding terrorism. This law eliminates the previous protections that had been set that would protect invasion of personal protection. The Patriot Act has enabled counter terrorism and has been amended severally to ensure curb the developments of terrorism. With the developments and the enhancement of online cyber crimes, there has been the need to protect citizens from terrorism and attacks. This is the reason and the place where USA patriot act came into being. Surveillance and Privacy Acts and laws
The Patriot Act, under surveillance act was one of the laws that were enacted in the United States that enabled the government to spy on innocent Americans in their normal activities. They allow the government to expand on their spying activities and track mobile communication for their citizens. The Surveillance act also allows the government to track the banking activities for the citizens. Tracking takes place every time people visit a site. The reason is that the sites are interconnected so that one site will provide information to another site. The sites that are interconnected grow exponentially. The problem is that the trackers undertake tracking without getting permission from the internet user permission. Tracking takes place without the knowledge of the users. This is wrong and unlawful. The author has some reservations about tracking. The concern here is on the times that people are being tracked. Tracking has its benefits. It makes surfing easier and also helps in remembering very important sites that the user obtained important information (Kovacs, 2012). Behavioral tracking is tracking behaviors about an individual....