English 101 Argumentative Essay on NSA data collection agency

NSA data collection agency

Introduction

NSA or the National Security Agency refers to the United States agency of intelligence that is responsible for producing and managing intelligence signals as well as information assurance on behalf of the government. The NSA has a responsibility of observing, collecting, translating, deciphering as well as analyzing data and information as part of deriving foreign intelligence. The NSA data collection agency now has the full knowledge and authority over the Internet, which to some extent compromises the privacy on the Internet.

Discussion

NSA data collection agency now has full knowledge and authority over the internet. This means that there is no more privacy on the Internet. Since the information that has been sourced from the Internet is at the government’s disposal, the privacy of this information is compromised as it is reviewed and analyzed. In addition, the warrantless searches that the NSA will be performing on the emails and internet calls of the Americans interfere with their private lives. This means that they have no freedom of making calls at any time they want because the agency is on the lookout. Although the surveillance is a brilliant move of enhancing security in the United States, it deprives its citizens of the much needed freedom of privacy.

The NSA data collection agency will now be using the back door in terms of searching the communications that the Americans will be carrying out on the Internet. This is equivalent to curtailing the freedom of expression that Americans have enjoyed for a long time. It is not only unethical, but also immoral to compromise the privacy of the communications of Americans. Although the surveillance has been meant to target foreigners, Americans will no longer enjoy the freedom to communicate over the Internet as they have always done. Email is a popular mode of internet communication, which will be highly compromised by the new move. This form of surveillance is completely unacceptable and raises some serious constitutional questions. Additionally, it also poses a significant threat to the rights of privacy of most Americans who have been law-abiding citizens. 

However, not all is lost concerning privacy on the Internet. First, the agency will only be collecting data on an annual basis. This means that data collection will not be a day-to-day affair. This limits compromising the privacy of data because it will not be exposed to the agency on a daily basis. Although the analysts of the agency have the freedom of combing the data, safeguards of privacy that are sufficient have been put in place in order to ensure the privacy of information is not compromised. When the data is collected and queried, enough safeguards of data privacy are put in place. The National Security Agency has no permission of searching the data of Americans from various communications that have been taken directly from the Internet.    

Conclusion

The new NSA data collection agency has the full knowledge and authority over the Internet. This means that there is no more privacy on the Internet. This is highly unconstitutional because it compromises the rights of privacy of most Americans who are law-abiding citizens. People will no longer trust the Internet as a secure mode of communication because its privacy will be highly compromised. However, safeguards of data privacy that are sufficient have been put in place in order to make sure that the information is not compromised.