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My Personal Stance on Privacy

Internet privacy is commonly known to involve the right of personal privacy of which concerns "the storing, repurposing, providing to third-parties, and displaying of information pertaining to oneself through the Internet. Privacy can entail both Personally Identifying Information (PII) or non-PII information such as a site visitor's behavior on a website. PII refers to any information that can be used to identify an individual. For example, age and physical address alone could identify who an individual is without explicitly disclosing their name, as these two factors are unique enough to typically identify a specific person"( "Internet Privacy").

The right to privacy in Internet activity is, indeed, a serious and recent issue facing the society. Some users of the internet would like to shield their identities while participating in serious and delicate discussions of sensitive topics on the internet. Others also fulfill fantasies and role play under the cover of a false identity in chat rooms, of which sometimes accommodate users' privacy. However, there are users of the Internet who make use of anonymous servers as more than a way to avoid responsibility for controversial remarks. In fact, cases of harassment and abuse have become increasingly frequent, as a result of these anonymous users. Problems arise as a result of fraud and scam. In addition, some users are concerned about the information the internet has available, such as the easy access of court records in databases on the internet. As the Internet and World Wide Web is still a young technology and since no formal law exists yet within cyberspace, Internet users can find recourse only through the applicable laws of their own government. As a recent technology, it is not a surprise that nowhere does the text of the United States Constitution contain the word "privacy." "The Supreme Court has found the concept of "privacy" to be protected by a number of the Amendments. Thus, privacy is known as a "penumbra right". It is the essence of the Bill of Rights and thus a guaranteed right" ("Internet Privacy Law").

As the need for personal web privacy increases an individual show take necessary steps to protecting he/she's online privacy, most especially to avoid identity theft or frauds and scams. "Cyber security, phishing, worms, firewalls, Trojan horses, hackers, and viruses seem to be in the news every day. In addition, warnings to update your virus protection, watch out for online scams, protect your privacy, and watch what you click on are everywhere. But what does this all mean? And what can you do to safeguard access to your computer and to protect yourself and your family? What is this all about?" The initial step in protecting yourself should be that you should able to recognize the risks available on the internet. This can be done by taking a simple class about online privacy or easily reading an article that showcases in detail different privacy issues. The Department of Homeland Security has created a list of terms to note which are: Hacker, Attacker, or Intruder. These terms are attributable to the people who aggressively exploit weaknesses in the computer systems for their own personal gain. Usually, their intentions may be solely based on curiosity, however, their actions and behavior is what constitutes a Hacker, Attacker, or Intruder, as term by The Department of Homeland Security ("Protect Your Privacy Online").


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