The Problem of Privacy

The novel “1984” was written by George Orwell in 1949. This novel was a prediction of the world 35 years in the future. George Orwell predicted that the world would turn into a place where there was no privacy, and “Big Brother” was always watching you.Screen Shot 2017-05-19 at 12.06.13 PM

In the world that he created, the government spied on their citizen. The citizen, in turn, acted as if they were constantly being watched, and lived a restricted life. Although this prediction was not accurate during 1984, our world is starting to share a resemblance with the world he depicted.

On Tuesday April 28, The House of Representatives voted to repeal a law that demanded ISPs (Internet Service Providers) have permission to share personal information of their clients. A US internet service providers will soon no longer need consent from users to share browsing history with marketers and other third parties.

On top of browsing history, this also includes precise geolocation, financial information, health information, children’s information, social security numbers, web browsing history, app usage history and the content of communications.

Although this law is not in effect yet, President Donald Trump is expected to sign it soon. Those supporting the movement say it will increase competition, and the big ISPs argue that without this law, the regulations on privacy are too strict.

On the other hand, US citizens are protesting the new law. People are claiming that this law is invasive and is a major breach of privacy. George Orwell’s predictions might not have come true in 1984, but it seems that it may definitely be a possibility for the future.

Adarsh Abbagani


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