Privacy Violation

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Privacy may be defined in many ways depending on your culture, country and education. According to Wikipedia, a free encyclopedia, ‘privacy is the ability of an individual or group to seclude themselves or information about themselves’. Different nations have a wide variety of expectations about how much privacy a person is entitled to or what constitutes an invasion of it. Although every country has privacy laws, governments and corporations seem to be disrupting this basic right especially concerning the internet usage. Some of the reasons they give are: to prevent child pornography, to monitor terrorist activity and to protect copyrights from piracy. As regards the first reason mentioned, we all agree that it is really necessary to protect children from unwanted maliciousness that it is so abundant in the internet. And it is highly desirable for governments to adopt measures to stop the growing presence of child pornography, but it should not be at the cost of loss of privacy. One way to control this abuse against children would be citizens reporting to law enforcement officials any time they come across one of this websites. Another reason governments give for bending the seclusion of citizens is that they use information considered personal or restricted to track and locate terrorist activity. This means, the government can tap into our internet usage record without a court order and can follow every movement we make in the cyberworld if criminal activities are suspected. Although it is essential for them to be able to monitor terrorist groups, there should be a balance between privacy and national security. On the other hand, corporations are very much interested in the enactment of certain privacy laws due to the copyright infringement which affects them. Independent companies are worried not only about the amount of copyrighted material downloaded from pirate networks but also about the consequences this action is leading to. Authors who are not protected...
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