As technology advances, people seem to think personal privacy is decreasing. National security versus personal privacy is always a problem. It is argued whether or not giving up privacy is worth the possibility of a safer community. Some people say that they would prefer their own privacy rather than the security of the nation. Some argue the opposite. Either way people are passionate about whether or not losing privacy is worth it to ensure national security.
In the article, The State of Privacy in America: What we Learned, Lee Rainie discusses how people react to their privacy online. Half of the “internet users” expressed concern for the amount of information that can be found about them online. Also, according to Rainie, 9% felt they had control over the information available about them online. Rainie claimed that majority of people do not have faith in companies to keep their private information secure. Rainie also suggests that people want to have control over the amount information they give people, and where people can see their information. Rainie says that younger adults are more likely to be aware of privacy problems. Older adults don’t know as much about it. Rainie states that people don’t know how to stay secure.
In How Privacy in America went Virtually Extinct in Just a Decade, by David Rosen. Rosen focuses on surveillance equipment. Cameras around the country can recognize faces, and identify practically anyone very quickly, according to Rosen. He also states that Americans are told they must give up their privacy to ensure the security of the nation. “The 21st-century surveillance state is anchored in monitoring all digital communications,” stated by Rosen. Having privacy online is no longer an option, every website and every search is monitored, suggests Rosen. He closes the article by saying, everyone is always monitored.
Both articles suggest that privacy is no longer available to average, normal people. Everything online is monitored and watched. Nothing done on the internet is private. The first article focuses more on the lack of privacy when it comes to technology. The second article focuses more on surveillance. Both articles agree that personal privacy hardly exists anymore.
Privacy is being taken away, and there isn’t much we as a society can do. Due to technology advancing, the privacy we as a society used to have is diminishing. We should have more privacy than we do. Because so much personal privacy has been taken away from us, we need to do whatever we can to keep the little bit of privacy we have left.
Rainie, Lee. “The State of Privacy in America: What We Learned.” Pew Research Center. N.p., 20 Jan. 2016. Web. 4 Mar. 2016.
Rosen, David. “How Privacy in America Went Virtually Extinct in Just a Decade.” Alternet. N.p., 21 Aug. 2012. Web. 04 Mar. 2016