Big Brother

Jessie, Ethan and Tiffany

How Big Brother Watches Us

+ Telescreens (Televisions)
+ Cameras
+ Thought Police
+ Invasion of Privacy
+ Ministries (Laws)

Our Hypothesis

The Government Has The Ability To Watch Us,
But Doesn't Do It Constantly

+ Laws
    > Phone Records
    > Location Services
    > Social Media

Phone Records

The government and law enforcement officials can get your phone records and see who you called and when you called them. This can be done without a warrant due to the 1979 Supreme Court Case Smith vs Maryland, which found that the Constitution's Fourth Amendment protection against unreasonable search and seizure doesn't apply to a list of phone numbers.

Location Services

Laws concerning location data differ from state to state, but this information is generally more protected than phone records. The Electronic Communication Privacy Act defines data as s "specific and articulable fact," meaning that it can only be accessed if investigators have probable cause.

Social Media

The District of Columbia is the only place in the United States that has legally modified search warrants to specifically address social media. Social media websites, however,  have access to all information you post under their Terms and Agreements.

Twitter released a statement in 2014 that states "non-public information about Twitter users is not released except as lawfully required by appropriate legal process such as a subpoena, court order, or other valid legal process," except in emergencies "involving the danger of death or serious physical injury to a person." This means that if your accounts are not secured under your personal privacy settings, then anyone can access them legally.

Facebook also requires a warrant from a judge to disclose a user's "messages, photos, videos, wall posts, and location information."

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