Privacy vs government vs personal choices

Privacy is an extinct word.  Sure if you were to look it up in the dictionary there it would be: p-r-i-v-a-c-y.  Privacy is a seven letter word that is defined as the quality or state of being apart from company or observation (Merriam Webster Dictionary).  However if you really think about it, how much of that definition reflects into our day to day lives?  Some claim to lead private lives, but really all they are doing is secluding themselves from physical confrontation.  In fact right now, there are different types of satellites that have the ability to track our every move.  Celebrities and public figures are a prime example of the infringement upon personal privacy.  Although that factor comes with the “territory”, there should be some sort of stopping point.  In certain European countries like France and England-celebrities privacy is respected-allowing them to stroll the streets without paparazzi crowding their every move.  Recently while vacationing in Las Vegas, Prince Harry was caught pants down in a game of strip billiards.  Once the photos hit The Sun there was no turning back; the damage had already been done.  Due to those pictures and previous incidents similar to that, the prince has tarnished his reputation as a figure of the English parliament.  His people recognize him as the party boy instead of the Prince of Wales.  By publishing the photos, The Sun took a legal risk in a nation where privacy laws are much stricter than those of the United States.  Celebrities are not the only ones whose privacy is invaded, but everyday citizens are victims as well.  Our privacy is violated unnoticeably, whereas celebrity’s privacy is violated visibly and openly.  This lack of privacy can be a good thing because with the use of surveillance satellites and other mechanisms, the government has the ability to catch predators and even potential terrorists.  However, it is important to note that our lack of privacy is not strictly the government’s doing.  Like or not we are the ones responsible for revealing our private information.  Every time we enter our personal information online-whether it is a contest, online shopping, or applying for a rewards card-we are displaying our information to third parties.  Also, with the increasing popularity of social media sites such as Twitter and Facebook, anyone has access to our most private information.   If you are using a social media site, you are most likely providing the public with your picture, full name, birthday, and sometimes much more.   Even if your settings are private there are still ways of getting around it.  Before we are even considered for a job interview, employers inspect our personal profiles on our social media sites.  So next time you enter your personal information on Facebook or the contest for that new flat screen TV, make sure you read the official rules and privacy policy.


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