In such a noisy society today, privacy is hard to come by and many would argue nonexistent. Privacy threats are seen everyday worldwide. When consumers decide to add their bank or credit card information on various websites, identity theft is always a possibility. Even from personal experience, this happens quite frequently. My mother put down her credit card information on eBay and a couple days later realized that over five hundreds dollars was deducted from her account. Such a task at hand is becoming too easy for the people of society.
When consumers are sitting on their computers surfing the web, multiple companies are actually hired to watch the sites one visits and send advertisements to the user based on their browsing history. Because of such a scenario, consumers receive unwanted junk mail in their mailboxes. The whole conversation of HTTP cookies and how consumers are constantly being monitored is a relevant topic as well. When one logs out of Facebook, are they actually “logged off?”
Everyday people get pictures taken of himself or herself perhaps with no intention of anyone else seeing it, but such a situation is nearly impossible during this day in age. It’s too easy of a task for consumers to upload a photo to a social network site, a blog or whatever else. The person taking the picture should have to get permission in writing to share a picture, because once it’s added to a site like Facebook, virtually the rest of the world can see.
Security cameras use to only be seen in high security areas such as a bank or a jail, but now they are entering every public place possible, which invades one’s privacy and freedom. They’re prominent in malls, stadiums and even street corners. Obviously, surveillance videos help solve crimes and various other negative and positive things, but technology isn’t perfect by an means and one should have the privilege to walk to any desired place without constantly being watched.
Us human beings are being treated, in a way, like the lepers were during the plague in the seventeenth century. Michel Foucault states in “Discipline and Punishment”: “He is seen but he does not see, he is the object of information, never the subject in communication.” Bentham’s Penopticon functioning role was to “induce in the inmate a state of conscience and permanent visibility that assures the automatic functioning of power.” Both quotes from Foucault are relevant to society today. Privacy should be viewed as a fundamental human right. As a human being living in the United States, privacy is more than an essential component for a Democracy to work and thrive.