Why government surveillance is bad

The death of privacy means the death of human freedom. Under observation, we act less freely, which means we effectively are less free.

Surveillance is, simply put, monitoring of a person. Coming from the French word for "looking upon," the term incorporates not only visual observation but also the study of all behaviour, speech, and actions. In today’s world nothing is completely private, our every search and activity on the internet can be easily viewed at the click of a button from anywhere in the world . The threat to invasion of privacy is increasing day by day and now we are under the threat of our own government snooping in our daily virtual business!

How does it feel when someone is continuously watching your personal emails and your private messages? People often justify by saying that "If you haven't done anything wrong, you have nothing to fear." But why should we have the government snooping on our communications in the first place?

If our privacy is taken away without a reasonable suspicion of criminal activity, then the assumption is that everyone is potentially guilty until proven innocent.

In the wrong hands, private data can be used to target journalists, persecute activists, and crack down on free speech. Oppressive governments will use surveillance to control the opposition.

Thus we as citizens must take preventive measures like signing petitions against the government from spying on us , by using secure websites and apps .

Hence my friends I would like to end by saying that “Privacy is not something that we are merely entitled to, it is an absolute requirement.”

Author: Ariv Patankar

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