Privacy facing a rapid decline in today's society
by JulianLa on February 27, 2013 - 11:23pm
Allison Jones from Global Montreal writes about privacy matters with the police concerning cell phones on February 21st, 2013. As well as Laura Holson from the New York Times writing about privacy issues with phones between user to user. In Avner Levin's academic journal titled “Is workplace surveillance legal in Canada?”, it brings up privacy at work (International Journal of Information Security; Sep2007, Vol. 6 Issue 5, p313-321, 9p, 1 Chart). All of these relate, in some way or another, to the major issue of Crime and Law.
Allison Jones article shared a very interesting story concerning the fact that privacy may be less cared for than what we actually thought it was to be. After a man was arrested, the police had searched through his cell phone without his permission at all. This was allowed because, according to the court, once someone is arrested, the police have a right to look into that persons phoneifit's not password protected. The man argued that the police had breached his charter rights by taking a look at his phone. However, the court only denied him and had stated they could because there was no password.
Another example of lack of privacy would be from Avner Levin's academic journal “Is workplace surveillance legal in Canada?”. He brings up the issue of surveillance at work. It's a given that every employer will want to keep a check up on his employee's at any given time. The paper states many different kinds of technologies used nowadays to survey and monitor workers. However, this brings into account whether or not this is legal and under which circumstances would such surveillance actually be considered lawful in Canada.
The article by Laura Holson suggests that privacy is now being lost due to all the new devices and technologies available in the world. Many teenagers and young adults are more willing to share personal information on the internet and to use services such as Loopt and buddy beacon. Both of these are for locating friends and family, so no matter where you are anyone that has you added can see where you are whenever and wherever. Although since many people would want some privacy sometimes, they would be more prone to disabling the feature causing others like parents of girlfriends/boyfriends getting worried and wanting to know why they are being blocked.
All these articles relate to privacy to a certain extent. I found the article by Allison Jones very interesting as we can see that even though the police has the job made for protecting, they can still abuse that power to do what they want. Although I find it pretty ridiculous that just because a phone has no password it can be searched, even if it had a password it would change nothing to the situation. The academic journal by Avner Levin shows more how privacy can easily be disregarded. Although this is definitely more reasonable as employers have a right to know what their workers are doing at all times. However, to what extent does this right go? It can easily be abused if taken for granted. The article by Laura Holson brings up many interesting points. It does not directly apply to higher up's breaching others privacy, but it still relates to the privacy of others and how easy it is now to get information on anyone, anywhere at any time.
Too many people are starting to become less aware that releasing personal information can lead to unwanted results. They just take it for what it is and don't bother thinking about all the repercussions it could have on them. Even though we live in a world that has greatly advanced, we would think that privacy and the sort would be a lot safer. Although that statement could also be said backwards, which is what worries me about the up and coming technologies of the world and the effect it can have on everyone.
Jones, Allison. "OK for Police to Search Cellphone on Arrest If No Password: Court." www.globalmontreal.com. Global Montreal, 21 Feb. 2013. Web. 27 Feb. 2013.
Holson, Laura M. "Privacy Lost: These Phones Can Find You." The New York Times. The New York Times, 23 Oct. 2007. Web. 27 Feb. 2013.