Privacy

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Ever feel like privacy rights are being violated? Let’s say a person goes to the super bowl and is carrying a cell phone in their possession. The second a person walks into the game the government knows who this person is, where they live, their social security number, most likely their occupation, where they work, and they can possible do a basic background check. It is a system called biometric technology and the government is using it today. Right of privacy is of being violated either by other people or the government, as far as the offline world goes there is trespassing, usage of false identification, and medical information. The online world there is wire-tapping and biometric technology.
Trespassing may not be as serious as it may appear to some as having their right of privacy violated. Trespassing is a legal term that can refer to a wide variety of offenses against a person or against property (Phelps, 1). There seems to be a problem with code enforcement, building inspectors, assessors and process servers that have been told they can enter on private property as they see fit. When homeowners attempt to file a complaint with the police department the officers refuse to take the complaint. The government will back up the law enforcement officers and their legal department these people with attorneys. So the people fear of cost to defend oneself, trespassing is just another way people and the government has violated privacy laws. Some people would not consider this item to be a violation of privacy. However, some feel that it is in many ways. Think about a government can be on a persons property and snoop around as some would say, however if you take the same situation and put a civilian in the same situation one would be an arrest on the spot. The more serious crime of “aggravated criminal trespass” combines trespassing with conduct that would cause fear for someone’s safety. This is a Class B misdemeanor. If the “aggravated criminal trespass” is committed in a house or a hospital or a school, it is a Class A misdemeanor (“What is trespassing…”1).

False identification is to an extreme in the news today whether it is people stealing identities though the Internet or whether they are stealing identities by stanching purses. If a person get a hold of any type of identification there is web sites where one can go to and have an identification card made for more then a little over one hundred dollars. Criminal identity theft occurs when an imposter gives another person’s name and personal information such as a drivers’ license, date of birth, or Social Security number (SSN) to a law enforcement officer during an investigation or upon arrest (“What to Do if It…”1). More than 75,000 people become crime suspects each year in the United States based on being identified from lineups and photo spreads. Some identification will be false and lead to mistaken arrests and imprisonments (“False Identification…”1). A recent study* reveals the extent of this problem. In 24 of a sample 28 cases involving Americans who were released from prison in the last few years based on DNA evidence that proved their innocence, eyewitnesses had made false identifications from photo spreads and lineups. No one knows how many others may be unjustly jailed every year due to false identifications (‘False Identification…”1). People every day are being robbed not from just personal things but from there life. The government is the main suspect in most cases due to the fact that most of the records are classified as public record. Think about one would feel if one day they would like to go shopping and its time to checkout, the card is handed to the clerk and the clerk says its been declined. At this point one is clueless and cannot think of anything to do. So by the time one arrives home and checks the credit Card balance and find out one is in debt.

Wiretapping is crucial in today’s society our government is eavesdropping illegally, and there is nothing we the people can do about it. Wiretapping is any interception of a telephone transmission by accessing the telephone signal itself (“Wiretapping/Eavesdropping…”1). Electronic eavesdropping is the use of an electronic transmitting or recording device to monitor conversations without the consent of the parties (“Wiretapping/Eavesdropping…”1). In 1994 Congress passed the Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement Act, also known as the Digital Telephony Act (18 USC 2510-2522) (“Wiretapping/Eavesdropping…”1). The following act allows government official to use wiretapping software at any time. The current debate about government wiretapping of U.S. citizens inside the United States as part of the war on terrorism, like the debate before it about the torture of terror suspects, and the debate before that one about U.S. government prison camps at Guantanamo and in Eastern Europe, are all framed as arguments about the divisibility of freedom (Kinsley 1). Although wiretaps are generally illegal in the United States, the federal government and the governments of thirty-seven states have been authorized through federal and state legislation to intercept wire and electronic communications under certain stringent rules, which include obtaining a court order (“WHAT HAPPENS WHEN…”1). These rules have been designed to ensure the protection of individual privacy and Fourth Amendment rights, while permitting the use of wiretaps for investigations of serious criminal activity and for foreign intelligence (“WHAT HAPPENS WHEN”1). The government is wrongfully using their powers and should not be able to, due to the fact that they are violating multiply laws, not only are they breaking laws, they are violating privacy. Not only has the government be doing wiretaps illegally there doing the legally, since the year 200 the number of warrants for wiretaps has jumped seventy five percent. Last year’s total of 1,754 approved warrants was only slightly higher than the 1,724 approved in 2003(“Government wiretaps…”1). These number are changing ever today are going up. Think about it is actually kind of scary what the government can do.

Medical information, people today don’t want just anyone know about their medical problem whether it be in the emergency room or as a patient just doing a routine check-up. The government today has found other ways to get around the HIPAA, these records could be found in finical records, child’s school records, or even employment files. Federal health insurance today has set privacy limits on all medical information (“How Private…”1). Medical information is shared among multiply people whether if they’re in the medical field or not (“How Private…”1). April 14, 2003 federal law sets principals for patient privacy in all fifty states (“How Private…”2). Medical records are among the most personal information about an individual. Yet, Americans have greater privacy protections over the records of video rentals than over their medical records (“Medical Records…”1). For the first time, patients will have full access to their medical records and more control over how their personal information will be used and disclosed(“President’s Statement…”1).Microsoft today has develop a program called the health vault, whih is a new service for storing, managing, and accessing a patient’s medical information. It operates as an online encrypted service. The service offers a voluntary opportunity for medical records to be collected by aggregating information from various sources including health-care providers, insurance companies, and compatible medical devices. To protect oneself from do not sign a blanket wavier, but make sure specific terms are filled in.

Every feel like the government is watching? Today our government has devolved a technology called biometric technology. Biometrics refers to the automatic identification or identity verification of living persons using their enduring physical or behavioral characteristics. Many body parts, personal characteristics and imaging methods have been suggested and used for biometric systems: fingers, hands, feet, faces, eyes, ears, teeth, veins, voices, signatures, typing styles, gaits and odors. This allows the government to locate any one by watching video surveillance. Think about the government can locate a person at any time, its actually kind of scary. The industry of biometrics technology is in full action due to the terrorist attack on September 11, 2001. Since such event multiply United States airports have installed such technology as well as other airport among the world. Airports are no the only using this technology, but casinos is now using it to identify knows card counters. Not only dose the government use such technology, the government is considering fingerprint in every United States airport in the country. A person could be walking though a United States airport and have no idea that someone is watching, not only is the government watching this person but they no everything about this person. If one goes to any big event in the United States today the government know every one who is there, think about it, that kind of scary. The government has really over step there boundaries with this new technology it is almost ridiculous.
Fear that the government is watching, because they are and there is not really a thing we the people can do about it. Rights of privacy are violated everyday and should have more effect on sentencing privacy laws today. The government should be enforcing such laws not violating. The government is going against the laws they set up to protect us as citizens. We the people need to stand up for right and our right of privacy.

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