December 2nd, 2014
I believe the Internet is invading our right to privacy. All search engines and social media sites are major privacy invaders because they are constantly collecting data about what we like to do, the places we visit, and what friends we have. I am careful what I look up and how I express my views on the Internet. The Internet does not stop me from showing my views or what I look up, but I am just very careful about those situations. Even though the Internet does watch how we live our lives it does provide us with entertainment, faster communication, ability to get more work done, check the weather, and access it just about anywhere. We still need to realize that the internet is constantly watching over us.
The Internet tremendously invades our right to privacy because it collects our personal data and sells it to third parties. For example, every time you search on Google, your information is saved in a form called a cookie. If you wanted to search that subject again, it will pop up in your history. That means anyone working at Google could see what you are searching. Then there is Facebook who also collects our personal information. Facebook earns a profit for how many likes you make, the amount of friends you have, and the amount of statuses you write. So basically Facebook earns a profit for whatever you do and therefore is constantly watching your activity on their site. Online shopping sites record credit card numbers. Therefore it is very wise to always check to see if you are buying from a secure site because if you do not, your credit card number could be stolen. When your credit card number is put on unsecured sites you could have it stolen by a hacker and used. This could cost you a lot of money and your credit reduced. Privacy issues also involve smart phones. For example, smart phones connected to the Internet track your exact location. Wherever you may be with your smart phone a satellite is keeping track of your location. When searching on the Internet, you may encounter advertisements related to what you are looking at. Companies are paid to observe the Internet sites people see and use. The information these companies collect is used to send related advertisement to people based on what they search on the Internet. We do need to understand that it is us that are the ones who put this information on the Internet for everyone to see. If we are not careful what we put on the Internet, we could become severely in trouble.
What we put on the internet can really get us in trouble. For example, many companies perform background checks if they find something incriminating about you, there is a good chance you will not get hired with that company. Whatever we put on the Internet stays there forever. An example of this would include putting pictures on the Internet for everyone to see as many young people tend to do. For example, the former congressmen Anthony Wiener sent pictures of his private area to three women over the Internet while in Congress. The pictures were released from a website called “The Dirty.” Anthony Wiener became deeply in trouble and then resigned. This incident just proves that whatever you put on the internet can really get you in trouble and ruin your life. Another example of how the government watches over what we put on the Internet would be child pornography. An example of people becoming caught through the internet are the ones that put illegal child pornography there. This is just another example of how the government watches over us and what we put on the Internet.
Even though the Internet does collect our information, is not all bad news because the Internet can be very helpful. For example, the information I am describing here, I researched it on the Internet. If you were able to access the Internet in the middle of Antarctica, you could communicate with your family and friends from this remote region. The Internet is...
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