First off, what is privacy?
Privacy is “the state or condition of being free from being observed or disturbed by other people”.
Growing up, many people will face problems dealing with privacy, whether their privacy is being invaded or they are invading someone else’s privacy. People’s privacy should be protected and left alone since it is a human right.
Citizens of the United States of America have the right to privacy as mentioned in the Constitution under the fourth amendment which states that “The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated”. Even though we should be protected under the Fourth Amendment, there are always many loopholes which can violate our privacy and that is not acceptable.
In 1984, by George Orwell, citizens are ruled by a totalitarian government which limits to freedom, privacy, and individuality. Winston Smith, the main protagonist in the book, has to risk his life to find privacy because the government always wants to keep an eye on their people to ensure that no one is thinking about or planning on revolting against the government. All the citizens are constantly being watched by the telescreens that are almost everywhere in the society and by the police, which may sometimes be undercover pretending to be a normal citizen or even an old man. If citizens just attempt to turn off their telescreens or just turn their backs to the telescreens for just some privacy, they may be killed and tortured by the Thought Police (scarier than the police and in charge of thought crime). It’s difficult for citizens to do anything without constantly being watched by either the police, telescreens, or even spies who report anything unlawful and illegal to the government.
Not having the right to privacy is unfair for citizens since we should be able to think and do what we please without being bothered (unless you are doing something illegal or inhumane). Sadly, no one will probably ever be left alone and have privacy because there are many ways that people can invade your privacy and you can’t do anything about that. All you can do now is to just enjoy the privacy that you currently have since privacy will end as soon as we know it with all the advances in technology and new laws being passed.
Here’s a video about how you can reclaim your privacy: