Opinion

Right to privacy in the Age of Technology 

By LEA CLARK

It’s plain fact that the Fourth Amendment in the Bill of Rights states that every citizen in the US has the right to their security, and will not be victim to unwarranted searches and seizures. However, in the Age of Technology, the question of privacy resurfaces. As the Republicans took control of the House and the Senate last November, legislators have posed the idea of a “right to know” bill that will let consumers know what information will be collected, and how it is shared.
Hoping to overturn the regulations that were implemented during the Obama Administration that limits what information is able to be collected, Republican Congressmen argue that the regulations simply add a layer of confusion in regulating what info is allowed to be collected.
However, Monday, April 3, President Donald Trump succeeded in completing the removal of Barack Obama’s privacy regulations that he had instated during his administration. According to the New York Times, this change, “will allow broadband internet service suppliers, such as cable and telecommunications companies, to track and sell a customer’s online information with greater ease.”
What does this mean for the common person? Although there already was very little internet privacy already, this matters for the fact that the new F.C.C rules would have boosted privacy protections. Data is collected through your IP address, which sees and sends what IP addresses are being used. Should internet providers decide to see, they can check what devices or websites you’re using, and may choose to retain that data.
A lack of these protections will definitely lead to more data collection and retention.

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