Privacy Inthe 21st Century; Is It Possible

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Privacy in the 21st Century: Is It Possible?
Lisha Morant
Eng 122 English Composition II
Dr. Hazar H. Shehadeh
13 May 2013

In the 21st century, there are strong expectations for privacy; however people’s privacy is being invaded on a regular basis (Bier, 1980). Privacy gives one the opportunity to make a conscious decision on whether or not they want to disclose specific information about themselves to others, and the value of privacy is growing harder to maintain on a daily bases (Bier, 1980; Hughes, 1993). Privacy is the ability of a person to control the availability of information about and exposure of him or her; it is an individual’s or group’s right to have freedom from unauthorized intrusions (Hacker, 2013). With so many social and media communication outlets, does privacy actually exist in the 21st century? Does the government have the right to dictate what is private or what is public? As Americans in the 21st century, living amidst Facebook, Twitter, internet technology, satellite surveillance, GPS tracking and chips, the lack of privacy regarding the ability to provide acceptable and appropriate protection to individual identity and personal information have risen. Despite advancements in current security configuration, users of these products are still not receiving the privacy they deserve. Some views state that privacy is a right guaranteed to citizens by the United States Privacy Act of 1974, limiting the use of personal data by Federal agencies. Education is a solution to the online social networkers and the dangers behind sharing our personal information with the public. According to Carolan (2012), Americans’ expectations of privacy in the 21st century is to be treated fairly under the right to privacy law; this law is made to protect their personal information such as social security numbers, credit card information, and medical information. Therefore, according the Fourth Amendment, Americans have the right to be protected under...
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