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Invasive Technology

http://www.globalethics.org/newsline/2011/11/28/tech-ethics-21/

The article on the above web page, titled "Technology Raises Emerging Ethical Issues" discusses Washington D.C.'s tracking of license plates and the tracking of cell phones.

Washington D.C. has more cameras than any other city in the U.S. and they keep photos in their data bases for much longer than other cities.

In the case of Washington D.C. this is justified because it is the capitol. There are obvious reasons to pay close attention to the activity in and around the nation's capitol. However, the concerns of people are also justified. It won't be long before there are cameras on every corner of every large city. I believe we have a right to privacy. But privacy issues aside, who is paying for this? The taxpayers. Then once the technology is installed people need to be employed to monitor and maintain the system. In a time of economic crisis, with the government on the verge of bankruptcy, we really need to rein in the spending.

There is no law against tracking cell phones. The F.B.I. uses this to find people. But anyone with the know-how can track and monitor anyone.

What I don't understand is why people don't want privacy anymore. I've heard many people say "I'm not doing anything wrong, so who cares?" or "If you're not doing anything wrong then you have nothing to worry about." The thing people have forgotten is that technology can be used by anyone. It's not always the "good guys" using these surveillance techniques.

And can't anyone eat a meal without tweeting about it?


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