How should one define Digital Privacy? Answer: Digital Privacy is the combination of three sub-pillars; data security, digital information, and electronic communication security. The information that is to be protected is different for each user. For example, email messages are not the only things that need to be protected; any type of information can become a matter of public record.
What are Digital privacy and how does it affect me? Digital privacy is all about keeping your personal and private information safe from prying eyes. Digital privacy is also referred to as digital security, or digital solitude. Basically what this means is that you have to ask yourself, what do I wish to have? Digital privacy gives you the freedom to make that decision and have it enforced by the laws of your country or state.
What about Digital privacy and the Supreme Court? In a recent case in the U.S. Supreme Court, the court ruled unanimously in the technologically savvy vs. technological naive ruling. The Electronic Communications Privacy Act was passed by congress in 1996 with the aim of protecting individuals from telecommunication companies’ snooping on them. This Act gave the federal government the right to monitor electronic communications. However, the Supreme Court disagreed, stating that the Digital privacy laws go against the spirit of the law, which is the freedom of speech. Therefore the Supreme Court struck down the Digital privacy laws.
However there is hope for Digital privacy and the Supreme Court. The government has the power to appeal the ruling at the United States Federal Appeals Court. The legal issue before the court was about a case concerning a man who was being investigated for child pornography. He had used digital privacy software to alter his computer settings so that any evidence of his wrongdoing would not be found. However, the software also hid his real IP address, thereby making it impossible for the investigators to find the evidence they were looking for.
The Court did not rule out the possibility that hacking methods may be used by people to protect their identities and interests, but they implied that people should be careful about what personal information they give out online. They said that the Digital privacy laws were meant to protect the general data protection regulation in the United States and not the Digital privacy law that had been found in the E-Commerce case. It is possible that if the United States wishes to revisit its General data protection regulation with regard to Digital privacy, it would have to do it through a constitutional amendment process.
Hackers are not the only way to get Digital privacy rights. There are numerous Directed attacks against Digital privacy rights, and these include DDoS (directed attacks) and Credit card fraud. There are two sides to every story, so let’s look at what happened in the Credit card fraud case: The defendant in this case used a victim’s social security number to make purchases over the internet. He then went to the point of calling the victim on his cell phone, pretending to be someone else on the other end of the line. He then obtained the victim’s credit card number and used it to make purchases. Those purchases totaled tens of thousands of dollars in charges that the defendant then reported to his credit card company.
The government thinks that it was him who was behind the onion routing system, which he called “hacking.” The defense said that no one could have known at the time that Digital privacy and anonymity were not really going to be considered ‘Digital privacy and anonymity’ until the leak from NSA whistle blowers. After that, there came an awakening and people realized that their Digital privacy and anonymity were not as safe as they had thought it was. There were numerous Directed attacks on various individuals and their Digital privacy rights were violated.
If there is anything that we can say about Digital privacy and anonymity, it is that if you have nothing to hide, then you have nothing to worry about digital privacy and that includes your Facebook privacy. Unfortunately, what is really scary is what the government is doing to its citizens – spying on them through their cell phone and computer usage just so they can find out who they are talking to behind your back. That is not something that we want our government to be doing when they want to find out how the opposition party is planning to take away our freedom. The government is trying to make digital privacy work for them, but only those people who are willing to fight for their Digital privacy and anonymity are going to win. Please consider all this.
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