The right to privacy is a myth in this digital age. In fact, it’s been a legal battleground since the first electronic whistle blower exposed corporate crimes. Anybody with an Internet connection has the right to be able to look at your private records and know who you are and what you’re doing, without your permission or knowledge.
Today, in this digital era, the right to privacy is no longer a legal battlefront. Employers now have access to all of the information about an employee, and that employee can choose whether or not they want to be viewed. Facebook and MySpace allow anyone to view anyone else’s personal data. Even celebrities can share their pictures on these sites.
People still have the right to privacy, however. Today’s world is far more connected than it was in the days of the digital age. People can check in on your kids even when you’re not there. They can see what you’re doing on your computer when you’re not looking. If you don’t trust what other people are saying about you, or if you fear that what they might say could be harmful, you have the right to protect yourself and your family by staying clear of what others can see when they know that you’re not looking.
The right to privacy is important but not as much as it was in the days of the “sticks and stones” society. With the advent of social networking, people can see the habits that you engage in. There are privacy tools available that can help you stay private online while still engaging in the social aspects of the web. You can use special applications or software to keep your data safe.
Some of the information that you are comfortable being recorded online may be your own business secret. It is your right as a consumer to protect your privacy in this way. Some employers have even gone as far as requiring their employees to turn over any work-related email, chat room conversation or text messages to them. This has become a common part of employee surveillance in many companies. Unfortunately, employers are able to access this information and they can make decisions based on this information.
Whether or not the right to privacy is a myth depends on the view of society. We live in an electronic age, and much of the privacy we used to take for granted is no longer available. We must decide for ourselves if we are willing to give up some of the benefits of our technological world in order to maintain some of our individual privacy.