Law Enforcement & Data Privacy

Here’s how the Police can get your data — even if you aren’t suspected of a crime- 4:15

Since the innovation of technology, we have close to no privacy. When we sign up for something and there’s a long letter asking if we agree with what’s written and we just sign it most of the time we don’t really know what we’re signing for.  Most of our information can be found on the internet and once it’s on there it’s hard to get rid of. You might be shocked to find how much of your information is in the hands of third parties, how much access federal agents have to it, how it could be used against you, and what rights you have if any to prevent it. When we sign those unread letters, we are allowing them to store our information and let them share it with other parties. 

You might be wondering; don’t we have law to protect us? There are several privacy rules that control if and how the government can get your information: These restrictions were created by the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA), which was originally passed in 1986. Well, it’s more tough than that, there are gray areas and loopholes, and the government doesn’t have to follow any legal procedures for some things. Data brokers, for example, may and do sell location data to law enforcement.

Privacy on social media is a real problem and even though it’s difficult to just leave social media altogether given the various measures, experts believe that everyone should be extra cautious when it comes to privacy. There’re concerns about breaches involving passwords, credit card numbers, or other financial information which is a huge threat to everyone.  Every firm should transform into a cutting-edge data business as new technologies create innovative methods.

– Inaz Budhwani

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