Internet Privacy

// Posted by on 02/19/2014 (12:04 PM)

Arturo Alejandro Cruz M.

After reading the texts assigned, I realized the importance and the key role that internet privacy will play in the near future not only for governments but also for the common citizen, the internet war between countries has blurred the line of the geographic frontiers and invade one of the most essential rights of every person, the right of confidentiality. It has always been the suspected, even before the internet era, that governments have been trying to control and review communications between countries and people that play an important role in the political decisions or people that could threaten the security and stability of the country, but these couldn’t be confirmed until the recent media exposure that the US government suffered through the leaks making it not only an international scandal of what have always been suspected, but as Farrell and Finnemore said “Their danger lies not in the new information that they reveal but in the documented confirmation they provide of what the United States is actually doing and why.”

The exposure that the US government suffered made us question about the coherence between their international stand and speech and the reality of their actions and how this exposures can affect international relationships among affected countries. Thanks to people like Snowden or Assange, I realized the need of two things, first the need of international agreements to establish cybernetics rules or boundaries, to preserve the sovereignty of all countries and second the need of local regulations to establish what could be consider a violation of the personal privacy and the role and scope of the government about what could be consider a national safety matter. It is understandable that every country stands for a speech about liberty and security of their nation, but the real question here is if this gives them the authority to violate the personal privacy related to cybernetic information? From a personal point of view, I think that it doesn’t, every citizen have the right to have a private life and the freedom of will, no government or organization have the right to violate that privacy unless the person in matter is suspicious of crime, felony or act that could risk the safety of the country, but even in that case, this person should be notified that is under suspect of a crime and that will be investigated.

There is always going to be a controversial dispute about if what Eduard Snowden or the site Wikileaks did was right or wrong, I consider that was right and that I would do the same, I don’t justify the act as an honorable act because at the end, this information also was private property, but this act opened our eyes to the fact that is an urge to regulate and establish boundaries about how people and governments behave on the cyber space and what could be consider or not as a violation of the personal privacy.

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Rachel said...

I think you raise a bunch of excellent points, but I wonder if it’s really possible to “preserve the sovereignty of all countries” on the internet. Without inter-country firewalls, which are often pretty easy to get around, it seems difficult to superimpose national boundaries on the internet.

At the very least, an international and inter-state conversation needs to be raised about how to consider state sovereignty and privacy on the Web, but the question of how to pursue that may be much more complicated.

// 02/20/2014 at 1:50 pm