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Home About Resume Transcript Awards Contact Download Word File Does the spread of surveillance technology threaten privacy? Does the spread of surveillance technology threaten privacy? In this study we will investigate both the positives and the negatives of surveillance technology and how it affects privacy in today’s world. There are many questions that have risen because of modern technologies and how they impact a person’s right to privacy. Throughout our research we have conducted, our group has deemed that surveillance technology does threaten an individual’s right to privacy. “Someday Americans may die because of Congress’s decision earlier this month to cripple a Defense Department program designed to catch future Mohamed Attas before they strike. That’s not a prediction. But it is a fear” (Easton, 315). In the argument about surveillance technology and privacy this illustrates a worse case scenario. The affects of reducing the amount of surveillance technology can greatly hinder security for the people of any country. There are many programs that have been deployed to protect national security. The Defense Department Program, also known as Total Information Awareness (TIA) is one of the most well known; it helps to prevent against terrorist attacks and uphold national security. The defense department program’s primary function was to create software applications to simplify the process of sharing intelligence. According to many this would be considered an invasion of privacy due to the fact that it collects a wide variety of personal information about many individuals. However, this was not the design or the intention of the original Total Information Awareness program. The major goal of this program was to find the anomalies which may lead to terrorist actions. It is strictly controlled in which to prevent people’s fears about the program manifesting into a reality. One key example would be a document which is a list of all passengers on a flight entering or leaving the US and being interrogated because of their origin or national beliefs. The Fourth Amendment of the United States Constitution protects American citizens from unreasonable search and seizure. As stated in the U.S. Constitution section of the Cornell University of Law website, the amendment is as follows: The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized. The fore-fathers of this country laid out the rights of the citizens of this country to have protection from the invasion of their personal privacy. Since the creation of this amendment technology has evolved ten-fold. As technology has developed peoples rights have been infringed upon, through the use of new and more invasive surveillance technologies and techniques. There are many instances where the enhancements in surveillance technology
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