Privacy in a Modern Age:
Changes in technology over the last twenty years has created many wonderful opportunities for the human race to enhance our abilities to communicate with each other, conduct business, and educate ourselves. Through the rapid transfer of information, the human race is reaping great benefits, such as better medical care, weather forecasting and even disaster response. Unfortunately, because the transfer of information has become so effortless, people have also found themselves in precarious positions when it comes to maintaining their privacy when using these technologies. Although the rewards of this new information age are endless, often, privacy may be taken for granted. Students may not realize the implications of this laissez–faire attitude towards privacy until their privacy has been breached. It is only then students realize their privacy is a right and not a privilege. The essay’s printed in The Essay Connection 10th Edition by Lynn Z. Bloom “How computers change the way we think”, Sherry Turkle, “The Paradox”, Tim Stobierski, and “Faux Friendship”, William Deresiewicz, all explore several negative issues that have arisen from the increased use of these new technologies. Students spend hours using computers, video game systems, and cell phones, but don’t consider the data trail they leave behind. Yahoo, Google and other major search engines will track user search requests to tailor specific advertising to the user. These modern conveniences hold precious information about daily locations and movements, websites visited, and electronic messages. Every smartphone is GPS enabled, constantly tracking a student’s every move. Leaving data markers, revealing businesses, places, and events someone has attended. This type of technology use would normally require a search warrant if it were any entity other than the phone company. Every day, cell phone users allow this type of tracking, merely by having the cell phone turned on....
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