Is the Internet Invading Individuals Privacy?

The world is ruled by digital devices. Digital Media has changed immensely over time. During the four eras digital media has advanced quickly and changed society. Individuals perspectives have changed regarding many different aspects. Digital media in contemporary society has influenced our perspectives on values and norms greatly. Some of these norms and values are about privacy. Privacy has become an aspect in society that individuals pay great attention to. Privacy is a human value, and so many different people can get involved.

People take privacy seriously, and people believe that we need space mentally to play and experiment without the threat of judgement in order for people to grow. Privacy has come a long way and it began changing in the 1880s when you could take your picture taken. Furthermore, government intrusion wasn’t a factor until the 20th century because technological changes were beginning to occur. It is said that privacy is about the appropriate flow of information and the violation of privacy is the inappropriate flow of information. Nowadays a large question that is asked is, will the government protect our privacy? People worry about this due to the fact that technology changes faster than the legislation can keep up with. Federal law still says your email can still be read in certain circumstances without some sort of search warrant.

Technology presents new problems, but our cultural values regarding privacy remains important. People have a sharper sense of intrusiveness. It has been said that technology doesn’t invite the invasion of your privacy. In one of the videos from the PBS Idea Channel, there was discussion about heart bleed. Heartbleed is a security bug in the “OpenSSL cryptography library, which is a widely used implementation of the Transport Layer Security (TLS) protocol…heartbleed may be exploited regardless of whether the party is using a vulnerable OpenSSL instance for TLS as a server or a client,” according to heartbleed.org. Heartbleed can make us feel vulnerable in a sense. Heartbleed is causing people to ask the question, as the web grows will it become less secure?

This brings up the thought that many parts of the internet has public spaces, but it also has private spaces. Privacy on the internet brings up the idea of choosing. By choosing to use certain services you are choosing to have your privacy violated. This makes using the internet are we choosing to have our privacy invaded? How much are you choosing to use technology?

You do have a choice to have an email, computer, bank account, etc. If we are choosing to do these things than we are doing so in the framework of much more complex choices. By using technology we are somehow choosing to have our privacy invaded.

There is insecurity of the internet. Jonathon Franzens explained privacy as, “privacy, privacy, the new American Obsession: espoused as the most fundamental of rights, marketed as the most desirable of commodities, and pronounced dead twice a week.” This was interesting and exemplifies privacy in todays society. We have an immense amount of access to information because of technology.The idea of privacy is greatly desired yet hard to preserve. Franzens discusses that we are losing the sense of public space .Expectation of visibility is what defines public spaces. Franzen believes that privacy is a two way street. Privacy leads to secrecy. Secrecy is the claim of individuals, groups, or institutions to determine for themselves, when, how and to what extent information about them is communicated to others. Privacy has become a more prominent aspect in society that individuals are paying much more attention to because technology is surely advancing faster than legislation can keep up with.

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