What Is Privacy? What You Should Know About US Privacy Laws
Protecting individual privacy rights while also guarding the online safety of others, especially children, presents a tricky challenge. Beginning with the Telecommunications Act of 1996, the United States government enacted numerous laws granting itself the authority to spy on both American and non-US citizens. Today, we examine four of the Acts forming the root of the US government's surveillance tree.
The same technologies that make our lives easier also simplify government surveillance. It goes beyond government snooping, though. Corporations gather data about you for targeted sales, even selling your information to other entities (see this article about data mining. Even with so many laws determined to limit your privacy, you are not helpless. Using a VPN each time you connect to the Internet allows you to browse in private, shielded from both hackers and government eyes.