Lei L. New York

Privacy On The Internet

Internet surveillance is an invasion of privacy and a violation of human rights.

Dear Mister or Madam President, 

I am a high school senior from New York City, and I am writing to you regarding the issues of free speech and privacy on the internet. A few months ago, my AP English class had a discussion surveillance on the internet. I have been having pretty strong opinions on this topic ever since then. I believe internet surveillance is unethical and an invasion of our privacy. 

I understand that the government have imposed such methods to insure our safety. However, I am sure there are other ways to keep us safe from terrorist actives and other acts of violence. For example, the government does not have to track every internet user. They could only track ones that they suspect of committing crimes. 

The thought of someone watching my every move whenever I'm using the internet terrifies me; it is similar to having someone watching me through my windows. Some may argue that we have nothing to fear for if we do not break any laws. Would anyone want to be stalked and watched in person though? Even if you have done nothing wrong? Being watched over on the internet is just about the same to me. 

Please think about what I have proposed carefully and consider banning internet surveillance on everyone. I believe the right to privacy is a basic right everyone should have. With people watching over our every move on the internet, we have no privacy at all. 


Lei Lei 

East-West School of International Studies

Government - 6th Period

EWSIS 12th Grade Government - Mr. Jacobson and Mr. Pierini

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