Part Three: One example of online privacy being abused by the government is the “Snowden” case. Snowden was a government worker; one of “them”, so I consider his situation and accusations to be reliable and true. He was a first-hand witness to the use of a government search engine that allowed certain government employees to search the internet for anyone that matched the search criteria. This “search engine” would return any and all results (not just suspicious results). This tool was capable of instantly finding any person along with all of their social media profiles, and then allowed the government to tap into said person’s phones, webcams, etc. It became clear to Snowden just how easy it was for someone to be unknowingly spied on by the government and when he released this information to the public, he had to flee the country. This is a prime example of how accessible our entire private lives were to government agencies. I personally do not identify with this particular issue, simply because I don’t care. I know that I am not doing anything illegal or worth paying attention too, so I am now unaffected by this. I certainly agree that it is wrong and unethical, but I live a generation that is so technologically advanced that it would be near impossible to protect my information from the government. I would not want to change my life completely around and avoid all forms of interaction with technology, because of fear. So, I live with it.
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