bill of rights The Right to Privacy and the U. S. Constitution
"The real danger is the gradual erosion of individual liberties through automation, integration, and interconnection of many small, separate record-keeping systems, each of which alone may seem innocuous, even benevolent, and wholly justifiable." U. S. Privacy Study Commission answer form

Many Americans feel very strongly about their right to privacy. The Digital Age is having profound effects on the issue of personal privacy. As people embrace the convenience of credit cards and ATM cards, they also provide to these companies intimate information about their purchases and personal choices. On the other hand, some argue safety is enhanced as tiny electronic chips, while webcams make it possible for them to surreptitiously check on loved ones. Home for Seniors Trades Privacy for Security

RealID Act | Electronic Privacy Information Center

Blues' claims database illegal, unethical: reader | HIPAA | Pluses And Minuses Of Electronic Medical Records

Privacy at school | Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)

Facebook tracking | Spying on the Home Front

Automobile Black Boxes | Cars - Event recording device


1. Begin by identifying which part of the Constitution provides for your privacy rights.


2. Select an issue related to personal privacy that has been in the news within the last five years.

Describe the issue.



3. Take a stand. Do you approve of this invasion of privacy or do you object?
Write a persuasive essay supporting your opinion. Persuasion map tool | Tips on How to Perfect Persuasive Essay



4. Set the limit. Where do you draw the line in this privacy issue? Explain



What consequences do you support for those who cross the line?


What, if any, compensation do you recommend for the victims?


Extras: Datamining and your privacy | Privacy of Personal Information at School

Database tutorials | Transparency this means you! | GIS | GPS

"The makers of our constitution undertook to secure conditions favorable to the pursuit of happiness... They sought to protect Americans in their beliefs, their thoughts, their emotions and their sensations. They conferred, as against the government, the right to be let alone – the most comprehensive of the rights and the right most valued by civilized men." - Justice Louis D. Brandeis - Olmstead v. United States, 1928

Consumer Privacy - Center for Democray and Technology
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Cynthia J. O'Hora posted 6/2006. Updated June 2021. You may print this web page for use in a classroom setting.

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