These laws criminalize intrusive and destructive behaviors without directly

These laws criminalize intrusive and destructive

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passed. These laws criminalize intrusive and destructive behaviors without directly creating any supplementing privacy rights. The continued neglect of advancing government policy has led to technology and its privacy implication far outpacing even pre-existing policies. A SINGLE SOLUTION OR COMPETING ALTERNATIVES A solution to the problem can be found in the application of the Utilitarianism theory for ethics. For those concerned about privacy the solution would be the creation of a permanent presidential advisory panel on privacy analogous to the permanent body that advises the chief executive on foreign intelligence activities. This group would consist of individuals selected by the president and confirmed by the United States Senate, to monitor the activities of those given the authority by law to monitor our privacy and electronic communications. This would be the first step in launching a system of practical checks and balances on the government's ability to eavesdrop on its citizens. 6
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Government Surveillance of the Internet Enacting this solution would not require the shutting down of governement surveillance programs. This is vitally important, for without considering the impact of a wholesale shutdown of government surveillance programs the country could find itself repeating the mistake that happened to the Central Intelligence Agency after the infamous Church Commission. Similar to the revelations revealed by Snowden, when what the CIA had been doing was disclosed to the public in 1975 this led to the introduction of news laws that weakened the ability of the CIA to function effectively even to this day. An advantage of establishing a government oversight panel on privacy would be the establishment of institutional memory that would be beneficial in keeping things from getting out of hand. C ONCLUSION It is not wrong for anyone to ask important questions around what the Government has been doing since September 11 th to combat terrorism. However, for us as a people to decide that the decisions made have been consistently bad and push for the end of them without understanding completely the consequences of such an action would place the American people once again in a vulnerable situation. America has had to learn the hard way that the categorical dismissal of even bad policies in their totality without a suitable replacement is not in the best interest of this country. Making such decisions and their consequences have been demonstrated
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  • Fall '18
  • Government, ........., Internet privacy, Electronic Communications Privacy Act

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