Snowden states “the most powerful institutions in society have become the least accountable to society.” Snowden is known as a whistleblower revealed that the global survelliance programs were intervening on the privacy of everyday people. Snowden leaked documents that leaked documents in regards to surveilliance programs which discussed people’s cell phone converstations and internet communication. I agree with Snowden that privacy is one of the most important rights. I believe that privacy is not about hiding anything but its about protection. For instance, when people use the term “private property” they are referring to a sense of ownership to exclude others from the uses and benefits of their property. It we remove the word private it steals a sense of independence and ownership from the person and all they had to endure/ sacrifice for that property. Snowden goes further into an explanation on how privacy has alot to do with self. I agree that Snowden that privacy is a sense of identity and the ability to protect self. The puprose of protecting self is the ability to protect who you are on your own terms, protect what you believe in, and protect parts of yourself you may not be sure about. I think that privacy is crucial because it gives people a chance to be human and make mistakes. When looking more closely at Snowden’s point of view, I thought about how freedom of speech doesn’t have a lot of value if a person cannot have a quiet space, a space within yourself, your mind, your community, your friends, your family, to decide what it is you actually want to say. However, I do not think it is fair when people argue that they do not care about privacy because it like going back and forth that you don’t care about free speech because you have anything to say.
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