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Promising Technology vs. Intrusion on Personal Privacy

Thomas L. Wilson
University of Maryland University College: HMLS 312
Professor Steven Woodall
06 September 2014
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Security vs. Privacy

Executive and legislative measures implemented to strengthen the security of the United States and territories within directly contributed to an increase in privacy concerns following the 9/11 terrorist attacks in the United States and ignited debate, discussion, and study regarding balancing security and privacy thereafter. (Parker, 2004) I am concerned whether or not citizens of the United States will have to forfeit a significant amount of privacy due to intelligence gathering against terrorist activity directed at this country. In my mind, this cannot be answered directed, tucked away and blindly followed. Every step and implementation of new procedures and technologies in direct support of intelligence gathering and identification of terrorist suspects must be debated and understood before going forwarded to ensure due process for privacy concerns. They may have to be an understanding or “give-and-take. (Jenkins, 2012)

Many of our security vs. privacy concerns stem from processes implemented after 9/11 for ensuring the United States was more prepared to detect and combat terrorist activities. Of course immediately after, many disagreed and argued that a balance between states security and civil liberty has to be maintained. Additionally, there was (and still is) a considerable requirement for the United States government to collect, process, and understand large amounts of video surveillance, biometrics, and Private Personal Information (PPI) in our efforts in combating terrorist activities. With respect to video surveillance (specifically in public areas), in the last 15 years, security/video cameras have been installed in major cities with the…...

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