If the government was to surveillance your internet or cellphone usage would you change the way you use the internet?
Would it change what you search on the internet?
Would you stop criticizing the government online?
If you’re like most Canadians, then you will probably be against surveillance but wouldn’t change your behaviour if the government was to monitor your usage. Perhaps this is because most of us figure we have nothing to hide since we are not linked to anything “wrong”.
According to Amnesty International, individuals fail to consider the very plausible idea of being linked to something “wrong”, accidentally. What if you went on to the wrong website, put in “wrong” search words which now make you “questionable” to the government? Or the data accumulated from your internet usage creates a scenario where your actions became questionable. Would you feel differently about surveillance?
Although we all understand that government surveillance would be a violation of our right to privacy, do we really understand the implications of our privacy being violated? This is exactly what Amnesty International is aiming to address.
Amnesty International started a campaign #UnfollowMe as a means of pressuring governments to ban “mass surveillance”. Amnesty focused its initiative on five major countries: the U.S, Canada, New Zealand, U.K and Australia. Furthermore, Amnesty is advocating for more transparency and oversight in respect to how the government uses its surveillance powers.
How do you feel about government surveillance? Which side do you agree with? I would love to hear your thoughts.
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