New Technology: Legal Implications

By Ethan James, Trending Writer

Technology brings both ease and fun into our lives. From smartphones and tablets, to laptops and smart boards, we have revolutionized the way we do business, interact with people, receive an education, and even go about our lives. However, like everything else in our world, there is cost to the benefits we receive from technology.

In the United States, we pride ourselves on our rights as citizens, given to us by our forefathers when they signed the Constitution. Held dear to many, the right to privacy is granted within the Bill of Rights. To this day, this amendment is looked at for precedent when it comes to cases of violation of privacy to individuals.

One of the costs to our use of technology, for almost anything and everything in our lives, is this right to privacy. One NSA whistleblower, Edward Snowden, said, “You could watch an entire villages and see what everyone was doing. I watched NSA tracking people’s internet activities as they typed”. He released information to the public on just how far-reaching data collection is. From the government to multimillion-dollar corporations like Google and Amazon, our privacy is sacrificed. We give it up for the sake of our “safety” and for businesses to know more about us, the consumers.

Amazon Echo, Google Home, Facebook Messenger, Twitter, and numerous other technologies we use are facing public concerns for user’s privacy. These devices and applications store data in order to help the user with their daily tasks, shopping online, giving directions, sending messages to others, answering unknown questions, and so much more. However, as the public learns more and more about how much data is exactly collected, we are posed with the question of how much privacy we are willing to give up, our right, in exchange for simplicity. These topics are questions that consumers will have to face in the future.

 

A version of this article appeared in the Tuesday, September 26th print edition.

Contact Ethan at

ethan.james@student.shu.edu

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