Uncle Sam Wants YOU!…and your Google search history too! ps. Bush Googles the World!

I was a bit shocked today when I read about the U.S. Government basically demanding that top Internet Search Engine, “Google,” give up all of their information on every individual along with their Google searches’ history. Big Brother is at it again! Google is sueing, of course. So, our privacies are more at risk of being not so private again, as if the government needed to take away any more privacy than it already has.
Although we have the Freedom of Speech here in America, our government still regulates certain groups of websites, stating that it is for “National Security” and the such. It is always about “our security” and for “our protection” that makes it ok for Big Brother to have more control, if you will, over this country. I suppose, though, that keeping track of people who order or download or view sites with things like “The Anarchist’s Cookbook” (a book that can show step by step how to create a bomb from household items, for example) may not totally be a bad thing. Keeping track of this country’s Google searches, though, is something our government should not be allowed to do.
Privacy is a big part of our Freedom of Speech. Whether I am Googling for a site on pornography or calligraphy, it doesn’t make it ok for our government to know. Who knows, down the road, this information may be used against us, perhaps when applying for any government job (Postal Service, Police Officer, Teacher, etc.). Now I’m all for having knowledge that somebody in a responsible position, as a kindergarten school teacher, has had a history of searching Google for children pornography. But, the majority of us may just have fascinations and desires that in no way harm or disrupt our everyday lives (on both personal and professional levels), like viewing pornography, for example. Could my searching for, say, bondage porn make problems for my future goals if I plan on running for office? Should this be able to dictate what I do with my life?

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2 Responses to “Uncle Sam Wants YOU!…and your Google search history too! ps. Bush Googles the World!”

  1. Soon2BMrsA’s Blog - Response to: Bush Googles the World… Says:

    […] Lately, it seems that everyone is talking about The Bush Administration’s plans to obtain information from Google as well as other search engines, for the purpose of national security and cracking down on child pornography. On this blog entry, nickpanic believes that the government is overstepping its boundaries, and has no right to obtain this type of information. While I can understand his concerns, I must disagree with part of his opinion. Please, don’t get me wrong… I am not a fan of Big Brother, and I believe that government should remain as small as possible. My personal feeling is that I want as little government intrusion in my life as humanly possible. With that being said, I have no problem with this particular program, if it is used to protect this country or if it is being used to stop people who search for Kiddie Porn. I approach this issue by ultimately trying to look at the bigger picture. If I become a victim of another terrorist attack, one that could have been prevented, had the government had the authority to obtain information from Google, Yahoo, etc.. well then, the fact that my first amendment rights have not been violated really doesn’t matter much anymore… But, as I mentioned before, I can completely understand nickpanic’s concern. The fact that the government can obtain these records and they have the possibility of falling into the wrong hands definitely is a scary thought. However, the thought of child molesters obtaining kiddie porn on the internet is equally scary to me. The thought of Terrorists using Google to plan another attack is absolutely frightening to me.  And at this point in time, I am willing to give up a few rights, for the sake of national security…     […]

  2. nickpanic Says:

    Benjamin Franklin once said “Any person who is willing to give up freedom for security deserves neither one”

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