Privacy is mentioned in the Bill of Rights, but in which amendment does privacy on the Internet fall. In the website “The Right of Privacy” it says that “The U.S. Constitution contains no express right to privacy” (n. pag.). Freedom of religion is given to us in the First Amendment. The Fourth Amendment protects you from searches and seizures unless the officials possess a warrant. The Fifth Amendment gives us the right to interpret the first eight amendments in ways that can protect the people. Since the internet was not created until the late 20th century should we and another amendment or is it already covered in what the first nine amendments say. Even if the Bill of Rights gives us the right to privacy, the internet is easily accessed by many people and can be hacked to find out important private information about anyone. The internet is accessed by people all over the world and when private information is posted online one person is going to be able to view that information no matter the privacy setting a person may use.
In American Privacy, Fredrick S. Lane says “The growth of the World Wide Web, and in particular social networking sites, has greatly exacerbated the commercial use of personal information, for several reasons” (p. 232-233). Lane mentions when information is published on the web it has a global audience (p. 233). Therefore it is not the same as publishing an ad in a local newspaper. When information is posted on the web it is not only you and your friends can view it but the whole world can as well.
In The Right to Privacy, Ellen Alderman and Caroline Kennedy discuss “On the privacy side of the equation is the deeply held belief that people should be judged solely on the quality of their work” (p. 275). Alderman and Kennedy bring up the issues on electronic surveillance in the workplace (p. 318-320). A white house employee was fired from his job because of explicit emails that he thought were deleted (p. 318). The white house computers have long-term backup systems which save even deleted messages. The privacy of this individual was invaded when they searched his emails without his knowledge.
Even though your privacy can be invaded at work, far worse incidents may occur when posting important information. According to Margaret C. Jasper in Privacy and the Internet “Unfortunately, identity thieves who are able to obtain your username and password are also able to access this wealth of information and services (p. 47). Jasper says that, “Online bill payment is becoming increasingly popular with consumers (p. 46). People are putting their personal information online when they use online banking. This information is very important and if they lose this information it can lead to massive debt and bad credit.
From online banking to social networks these websites require that the users post important information. Facebook is a very popular social network especially with high school and college students. Lane discusses “The...