The government has also ordered the airlines to provide government, the database of all its passenger records from June 2004. The government will feed all the data in to its system called CAPPSII which will contain the name of people, data and destination traveled. This step is also considered as big invasion into people’s privacy. By enforcing this rule the government took away the people’s right of traveling freely. The government is also planning to fix many hidden cameras in major areas of major cities in order to monitor the activities of people.
For example thousand of networked security cameras have been put in the city of Chicago in order to make the city more secure but less private for the people. Medical Database Affects People The information about the health of the people has also gathered to put in the electronic medical records. The electronic database save the paperwork, assist in billing and help in answering any false claims but there are some negative aspects associated with the record keeping of health information of people.
Some people are afraid that when the employers will get hold of the medical condition of the employee, they might go for refusing employment or promotion based on some medical grounds. The people also fear that they can also face problem in getting insurance on the basis of their past medical information. When the healthcare information will become easily available on internet to everyone, there is a great chance that some people might misuse the information about any individual’s disease and go for propagating information about that person’s personal problem among the public.
Health condition is a very sensitive issue and many people don’t want that their information about medical condition become publicize. Conclusion The above arguments strongly oppose the invasion of privacy by the government because it is a right of each individual to get respect for his privacy, however there is requirement of maintaining balance in the privacy and access to information.
In a democratic political environment it is very necessary to have accountability and to acquire accountability the government and the people require some information about the others to analyze their attitudes and challenge any wrong behavior but these information gathering should not be at the cost of invading one’s privacy. When the privacy rights of an individual are kept safely within a politically democratic environment, then he got the choice of expressing his views and feeling freely. This freedom of expression will strengthen the democracy.
It is the main responsibility of the government not to exceed the limits of its power and respect the public privacy while gathering personal information about them. There could be a solution to the problem if the government strictly keep all the data with it self for formulating different government policies related to public and don’t allow general public and other marketing companies to access the data so that the people will not fear the misuse of their personal information.
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- Paul K. McMasters. No place to hide. Published in The Decatur Daily on Sunday, January 29, 2006 http://www. decaturdaily. com/decaturdaily/opinion/other/060129a. shtml Accessed, May 12, 2007 Prof.
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