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Should the Government be allowed to exercise its powers in controlling and invading our Privacy?

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  • Essay length: 3505 words
  • Submitted: 13/01/2003
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University Degree Jurisprudence

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Ethical and Societal Issues of Information Technology

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Should the Government be allowed to exercise its powers in controlling and invading our Privacy?

Iram Sial

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University of Westminster

Tutor: Mike Healy

Semester 1 2002/2003

Assignment 2

Word Count:2959

Introduction

This essay will examine the impact Information Technology has played on the privacy of people focusing in particular on the UK, and the Governments involvement in legislating it. The privacy issue is such a wide spectrum for debate as it involves many differing types of privacy and concerns many types of Information and Communications mediums for example, surveillance, the Internet and email privacy and to name a few. It is difficult to present the whole issue, however I shall attempt to cover most topics in this essay.

The developments of communication technologies have been among the most impressive in recent years. These have in result put major challenges for the protection of human rights and in particular the right to privacy. These also raise crucial social and ethical issues concerning the collection, storing, and distribution of information.

Should the Government be doing more to legislate and

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