When thinking about privacy laws and the collecting of citizens' private information, there are certainly a few things that come to mind. First and foremost is the technology that helps us in so many facets of life and has brought us closer together, has also began to bring into focus the intricate parts of our lives that most people would have never had to worry about as early as 20 years ago. The ability for anyone to mine information from anyone they want for a price or for free is available at anyone's fingertips with just a little bit of work.
The Patriot Act signed into law by ex President Bush allows the government to wire-tap anyone they suspect of being a terrorist or having terrorist ties, searching through business records for anything they find suspicious, and also surveillance of those they consider "lone wolves" without any specific terrorist ties but are doing something they deem suspicious. This has given rise to lots of worries about the government spying on citizens just because they can, and they don't really need a reason to.
[...] Employment at will doctrine: Law, Ethics & Corp. Governance When thinking about privacy laws and the collecting of citizens' private information, there are certainly a few things that come to mind. First and foremost is the technology that helps us in so many facets of life and has brought us closer together, has also began to bring into focus the intricate parts of our lives that most people would have never had to worry about as early as 20 years ago. [...]
[...] The privacy laws in this country weren't written with the digital age in mind. Right now the government has access to 3rd party information and emails that a business may have. It's a legal gray area due to these laws not being updated yet. A lot of this information is stored “on the cloud” or other servers which laws aren't in place for yet. Companies such as Google, AOL, AT&T, the ACLU, Microsoft, and Salesforce.com have joined forces to try to get government to put a law in place which would protect this information. [...]
[...] Coalition: New Laws Needed to Curb Government Access to Private Data. In Ecommerce Times. Retrieved 08/05/2012, from http://www.ecommercetimes.com/story/69663.html. Stanton McCandlish. (04/09/2002). EFF's Top 12 Ways to Protect Your Online Privacy. In Electronic Frontier Foundation. Retrieved 08/05/2012, from https://www.eff.org/wp/effs-top-12-ways-protect-your-online-privacy. N/A. [...]
[...] There is really no way to stop, entirely, your personal information from going online. Somebody already has it and no matter what you do to try to get it off of the internet it still will be there in some way, shape, or form. US Government. (2012). What Is the USA Patriot Web. In Department of Justice. Retrieved 07/31/2012, from http://www.justice.gov/archive/ll/highlights.htm. Erika Morphy. (03/31/2010). [...]
[...] (Top 12) The right to free speech (aka First Amendment) has allowed people's personal information to be put online and for the most part allowed the government to take a hands off approach from online laws. The government is cracking down more and more on the illegal activities online but still allows people's information to be freely distributed. I don't wholeheartedly agree with allowing this to take place as there should be some restrictions to provide protection from people using this information illegally. [...]
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