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Each time someone uses the ATM visits the doctor uses a credit card chats on the internet or even makes a phone call they are leaving electronic fingerprints Nearly every quantifiable aspect of a persons life finds its way into a data bank some where This information is sometimes studied other times it is ignored completely and yet other times collected and sold It may perhaps be sold again probably without the knowledge of that person Privacy is becoming a great concern as technology and the continued expansion of the Internet threatens our ability to keep secrets Privacy is one of our most cherished aspects of our lives Although this is a great burden to many people it is not always reflected in their behavior We regularly trade off privacy for security and convenience We depend of out credit cards take comfort in security cameras and use cellular phones Each of these electronic advances can create more ways for business government or malicious individuals to get personal information Technology has outpaced the law There are not nearly enough privacy-related statutes and regulations as one would have thought and even those rules may be shady in their protections The government should fix or enforce the laws they have created or create more to help us preserve our privacy but find middle ground where we dont lose our securities and conveniences Theprivacy Act of 1974 was enacted as part of the Watergate-era reform which regulates virtually all government handling of personal data It is supposed to set up a code of fair information practices between Americans and their government It obligates agencies to the greatest extent possible to collect only necessary information directly from the individual It also calls on agencies to inform people of the agencys authority to collect the data of how it will be used and of the consequences to the individual of not proving the data The law attempts to unsure that individuals
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