Is the government protecting us by abusing our privacy?
We’ve so many secrets we do not want to be publicized or revealed. It could bring unwanted reactions when revealed to those we know and know not, but that doesn’t deny the fact that we are entitled to our own secrets and shames.
An online chat conversation:
“Hey Andy, I did something really bad today”
“Babe, what did you do?”
“I stole Mrs. Molly’s necklace, my boss, so I could pay Yvonne’s bail, I feel terrible about this. I’ve never done that before. Can you keep it a secret?”
“Of course, have you ever regretted telling me your secrets?”
Unknown to them, there’s a third eye. Maria thinks the secret is safe with Andy and her. Little does she know of the government sharing in that secret also?
Most times, we see texting our friends and people we love on social media like Facebook, Snap chat, Instagram and the likes as another intimate way of communicating with them; revealing dreadful secrets that really matter to us. Personal online transactions are made because we consider them safe and private.
Edward Joseph Snowden exposed numerous surveillance programs that were run by government-supported agencies like the National Security Agency (NSA) and the Five Eyes Collaboration Alliance working in collaboration with telecommunication companies in 2013.
In July 2014, The Washington Post reported a cache provided by Snowden from the domestic NSA operations consisting of “roughly 160,000 intercepted e-mail and instant message conversations, 7900 documents taken from more than 11,000 online accounts”.
Snowden’s leak demonstrated that American agencies could access phones by tapping the lines to gain information about your whereabouts in the world. He also leaked NSA’s surveillance activities using analytical tolls to track people whose movements intersect and find any hidden connections with persons of interest. So inappropriate!
With the omnipresent government surveillance involving over 350 million surveillance cameras worldwide and numerous discrete CCTV placed everywhere: the subway, the roadside, institutions, and many other places; Interception of electrically transmitted information (e.g. internet traffic or phone calls) and also the use of unmanned vehicle surveillance like the drone radar, etc. Isn’t it enough to monitor the daily activities of civilians and to catch those who prove as a threat to human lives? Then one would wonder why they go as far as probing into the private lives and violating one of the privacies we’ve asides using the restroom. Do they see that too?
This is an extensive surveillance system creating a world of 1984 by George Orwell. With the omnipresent government surveillance, we can’t have individual thought and freedom of expression. Where the government would have total authority and complete power over our public life, private life and even our thoughts and reasoning aren’t fully defined. That’s an originating world of fear.
“The government could be spying on us, the more we buy stuff, perform business activities and transactions, and surround ourselves with the latest gadgets and all. The more we sell away our freedom”.
Surveillance is not just about monitoring our activities, managing, directing, influencing or tracking: spying on our private matters is involved.
What happens when the government takes our privacy, then they would have absolute power over us which will be repulsive and will cause so many implications like:
1. Emotional and psychological insecurity.
2. More violations of privacy.
3. Abused Rights.
4. Clouded negative thoughts that can cause health issues.
5. Living in fear and hate and so many more.
Is it just for security or something more is intended?