Professor Ramos

Vontre L. Wimberly

26 February 2019

English 1A

The invasion of privacy, whether it is a social or national concern, has been an issue in not only America, but the world. Privacy is a right that Americans value and fight hard to protect. Privacy is considered an American ideal that should constantly be protected under laws and proper surveillance. But, there are times in which privacy is disregarded, and information is essential to be put forth. In times of possible danger, health reasons and social necessities privacy should be diminished and subsided. However, there are circumstances in which privacy needs to be revoked, and certain information, depending on the situation needs to be exposed to others than oneself. The conditions that privacy may be open is under national security, the necessary information that needs to be accessed for social benefits, and under possible threats that can come from the abuse of social media, and the internet.

Clearly with national security,  to reduce the chances of terrorists entering America, some loss of privacy and tighter security measures are required. True, these tactics affect the innocent as well as the guilty, but when the incredibly hard to detect “lone wolf terrorist,” is the assailant of choice, casting a wider net via internet surveillance makes a much more effective security measure. In this case, the common good does include surveillance to prevent attacks against Americans or on American soil from being carried out. Better intelligence and security measures will help prevent the loss of life. or members of minority groups or the LGBT community, a loss of privacy can mean a better quality of life, as those who seek to ostracize and harm them are apprehended – and the hateful teachings they spread are removed from social media platforms and websites. While not explicitly stated in the U.S. Constitution, the right to personal privacy is protected by some amendments, including the 4th Amendment, which bans unreasonable “search and seizures,” and is most often upheld by statutory law. This means that, according to U.S. law, a person has the right to determine what sort of information about them is collected and how that information is used.

Necessary accesses information into society

Social security is a federal insurance program that provides benefits to retired people and those who are unemployed or disabled. Social Security is to be the only source of income for people when they retire. Social Security replaces a percentage of a worker’s pre-retirement income based on your lifetime earnings. Your link with Social Security is your Social Security number. You need it to get a job and pay taxes. We use your Social Security number to track your earnings while you’re working and your benefits after you’re getting Social Security.

Health information


The Privacy Rule, a Federal law, gives you rights over your health information and sets rules and limits on who can look at and receive your health information. The Privacy Rule recognizes the legitimate need for public health authorities and certain others to have access to protected health information for public health purposes and the importance of public health reporting by covered entities to identify threats to the public and individuals. The Privacy Rule recognizes that the research community has legitimate needs to use, access, and disclose individually identifiable health information to carry out a wide range of health research protocols and projects.  The Privacy Rule protects the privacy of such information when held by a covered entity but also provides ways in which researchers can access and use the information for research, subject to various conditions.


Schools may disclose, without consent, “directory” information such as a student’s name, address, telephone number, date and place of birth, honors and awards, and dates of attendance. However, schools must tell parents and eligible students about directory information and allow parents and eligible students a reasonable amount of time to request that the school not disclose directory information about them. Schools must notify parents and eligible students annually of their rights under FERPA. The actual means of notification (special letter, inclusion in a PTA bulletin, student handbook, or newspaper article) is left to the discretion of each school.

Social Media

About seven-in-ten American adults (69%) now report they use some kind of social media platform (not including YouTube) – a nearly fourteen fold increase since Pew Research Center first started asking about the phenomenon. The growth has come across all demographic groups and includes 37% of those ages 65 and older. Net savvy companies are using social media to advertise their products, build customer loyalty and many other functions. Interactions and feedback from customers help businesses to understand the market, and fine-tune their products and strategies. Social networks offer the opportunity for people to reconnect with their old friends and acquaintances, make new friends, trade ideas, share content and pictures, and many other activities.  Students can collaborate with their peers to improve their academic proficiency and communication skills. You can learn about different cultures and societies by connecting with people in other countries.

Privacy has ultimately become a value in the American lifestyle. It is protected by laws, which people consistently, abide by in society. There are conditions in which privacy should be not be considered. In times of safety reasons and social factors, privacy should be overturned and treated as an important factor, instead of the thought of having one’s privacy being compromised. Those matters are not necessarily invasions of privacy, but proponents that are used to ensure social measures, that are fundamental to the American lifestyle.

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