Opinion: Defining Privacy in the Digital Age
PERSONAL PRIVACYJanuary 20, 2012
In a column for The Huffington Post, 15-year-old high school freshman Susannah Meyer explores the implications of privacy in the digital age. "Now, as rapid technological advances are being made," she writes, "the right to privacy is questionable, in my opinion." An individual's personal record is now much more permanent, yet, "every day, people all over willingly write down personal information on a website, just for convenience, discounts and other benefits, even though those benefits may later be outweighed, she says, adding, "in this way, online data presents itself as a privacy minefield." Beyond the Internet, location-based services, digital parking meters and security cameras are constantly recording people's movements, prompting Meyer to query, "is it fair that, as technology improves, our rights to privacy dissipate?"