Government’s Dangerous Privacy Invasion Game
The world is fast moving from an information age to a surveillance age. A fishbowl existence is no longer something spurned, it’s now welcomed through the self-exposure of social media sites like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Foursquare. We find exposure to someone’s personal activities entertaining. Hours are spent watching voyeuristic reality shows on television. We willingly accept market driven data mining of our online activity, buying behaviors, and television viewing habits that provide businesses with access to our daily doings. Satellites, surveillance cameras and drones have given government and private interests the capability of watching our every move. There is little resistance because most of us already engage in self-exposure, use technology like Google Maps, and don’t mind police surveillance if it makes us feel safer. Living an entirely private life is no longer the norm. Progression of surveillance technology is eroding privacy at an exponential rate and few Americans are raising voices of concern, but they should be. The right to privacy is a critical component of political self-governance and its demise threatens the very basic tenets of freedom.