ITMG481 W4: Security and Hacking & Ethical Questions and Technology – Discusion- Peer respons|Wayne B

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Government or corporate mass surveillance of citizens without consent is a major digital ethical concern. This practice collects, analyzes, and stores massive volumes of personal data from social media, emails, and location tracking services. The conflict between security and privacy creates the ethical problem. Criticism claims that such surveillance violates individual liberties and private rights, making people feel continually observed and afraid to speak out. This situation calls into question the balance between national security and personal privacy, emphasizing the necessity for transparent, accountable, and rights-respecting methods.

As an example of harmful anonymous communication, cyberbullying on anonymous online platforms is a widespread issue with serious effects. Anonymous perpetrators can harass, threaten, and degrade others without consequence. Victims may experience psychological anguish, emotional distress, and self-harm or suicide. The anonymity of these conversations makes it hard to hold people accountable, making victim support and perpetrator intervention harder. Anonymity can embolden bad behavior, as shown by cyberbullying.