As part of the Bill of Rights, the Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution states:
“The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.”
Consider what you’ve written in your diary, watched on your television or done in the privacy of your own home. Which offline behaviors that average citizens conduct in private might be interpreted by the government as a lawful reason for search and seizure?
Questions to respond to in your short essay:
• Do you think your online behavior should be as private and legally protected as your offline behavior in your own home? Why or why not?
• If you could own your data, how would you control it?
• If you would consider selling it to companies, what might your criteria be for the sale of your data?
PROMPT # 2
Discuss and Share
Browse your network’s tweets, IG posts, Facebook posts, recall or review saved Snapchats you have posted, or other public comments that have been made online in the recent past.
Questions to respond to in your essay:
• Can you identify anything that might be used against you or your friends? How so?
• Leigh Bryan was detained by the Department of Homeland Security for tweeting to a friend, “Free this week for quick gossip/prep before I go and destroy America? x.” Do you think the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) was justified in its action? Why or why not? Have you ever tweeted or posted something on Facebook that could be interpreted as a “threat”?
• A common argument by people who are supportive of, or indifferent to, surveillance is that they have “nothing to hide.” How do the stories of people in the film like Vito LaPinta, Joe Lipari, Leigh Bryan, and other protestors challenge this reasoning?
· Use MLA format for your essay. (See guide and checklist provided.)
· Minimum 400 words, maximum of 500 words (for each Prompt, 800-1000 words in total). Please put your word count at the end of your essay.
· Careful proofreading is encouraged and excellent technical content with detailed references to the film will help your grade.