Posted by: A. C. Cockerill | August 7, 2017

Picoblog Question – 2017 – Post #9

Picoblog Question – 2017 – Post #9

What does Amendment IV of the U.S. Constitution say regarding an individual’s right to privacy?

My two cents, but please share yours:

Recently, an activist at a local town-hall meeting claimed that Amendment IV guaranteed each individual citizen’s right to privacy. Is there a right to privacy documented in the U.S. Constitution or its amendments? If yes, where?

“Amendment IV

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.”

https://www.archives.gov/founding-docs/constitution-transcript

https://www.archives.gov/founding-docs/bill-of-rights-transcript

https://www.archives.gov/founding-docs/amendments-11-27

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Responses

  1. I don’t think it’s a right to privacy exactly, but there sure is an expectation of privacy in certain areas, and the gvt. is not supposed to snooping around without *explicit* *written* permissions from the courts.

    It’s going to be even more interesting with dustmote sized snooper drones which can go anywhere, see everything, and phone home – and the snoopee will never know what happened.

    “I’ve nothing to hide” is a joke. The knife cuts both ways. Wait until someone you do not like or do not trust is the one doing the looking…

    • “Smartdust” is definitely a huge privacy issue, Aunt Mary, and this emerging technology is not far off. Even worse will be the devices that read our brainwaves and translate them into readable sentences. I’m so glad we’re struggling with these privacy issues now, and not in a decade or two. Cheers, Ashley


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