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Privacy in the Age of Terrorism

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The surveillance regimes adopted as anti-terrorism measures had a profound, chilling effect on other fundamental human rights. As had happened decades earlier in various European countries which had enacted measures to combat terrorism, eventually, the infringement on civil liberties by the governments was such that an adjustment became necessary. The concepts of individual privacy and civil liberties are now seen in a new light; importance of recognizing and protecting human rights is apparent. Acts of terrorism and a fear for our personal security have historically intersected the privacy protections recognized by governments, and at times, served to take a few steps back in the universal recognition of the right to privacy. Our willingness to sacrifice our privacy for our security has been short-lived and eventually, the tide has turned back by demand of the people.

Keywords:civil liberties; fundamental human rights; personal security; privacy; terrorism



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