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 Should the government regulate the internet to protect users' privacy (271)

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Should the government regulate the internet to protect users' privacy

Should the government control the internet to protect citizens? Is the country at risk because of unregulated internet use? Use you political perspective in what role you think the government should have in private peoples lives.

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people i dont want some random guy or girl watching every little thing i do on my internet

its my own privacy >:( >:(>:(>:(>:(>:(>:(>;:(>:(

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i gree with cole because i like my privacy to be kept private

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agreed. i perfer to have my internet to my own privacy...........

jmusiedlak19(9) Disputed
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ya but what if you were looking up something you shouldnt

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i agree with jenna because there are those people who use it for wrong things

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Without the government regulating the internet hackers could send half or morer dof the U.S into pandemonium including disrupting the bussiness sector.

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Ryan has a great point because hackers are a big threat to our nation.

gabem22(2) Disputed
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but not all of the hackers are on the internet alot use other methods like scanners and scams over the phone

nbartzen(7) Disputed
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the government should worry more about hackers. but i dont think that thye have to regulate and look at everyone on someones internet searchs and everything.

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i agree with both of you guys because hackers could easily hack to someone facebook or others.

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yes they should not allow hackers and should be able to see them

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The government should not "Control" the internet but should be allowed to scan for virusis and hackers. I'm sure they can find a way to do this without demolishing our peace of mind and eliminating our privacy rights.

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I don't think the government should be able to control the internet, but it should be able to control what's on the internet. Instead, the government should enforce stricter privacy policies on websites with more important persoanl information, like banks, insurance, private government, and websites that want your social security number, to make it harder to get into.

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I agree with you because the internet should be control little bit more but we should have some privacy too

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I agree with you, but some of the people who are doing bad things should get their privacy privllages taken away.

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yes, whats on the internet should be a little controlled but not a private network. It wouldn't be fair to not have privacy when you've been behaving on networks

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i agree with abbs because it would give the government alot of extra power that should be equally given to the states.

kykronberg(13) Disputed
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I am in total agreement with you. If the government found a way to do this, i think it would stop most hacking if not all.

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Looking through what we as citizens look up, the government is taking away some of our rights and it should not be allowed

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The only time that they should be able to is if you have a criminal record or something like that

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I agree with Abby completley! The government should control the things that are uploaded on to the computer.

kykronberg(13) Disputed
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But that can't always be a good thing... If there are limits on everything on the internet, That can effect sites like social media!

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Yes, Morgan I agree with you as well. You would think there would be a way to track the people that are doing bad things on the internet.

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The government should regulate the internet to prevent hackers but other then that should leave it alone.

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My final satement is that the government should find a way to control whats being uploaded to the internet that doesn't take away are freedom and rights.

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I agree, they should regulate what is posted on the Internet.

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I agree that the government would be taking away our rights. If government starts putting on restrictions and regulating the Internet, it would probably be for their own reasons and interests, not the peoples'. The people would have no say in what happens.

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i agree with everyone that thinks that we should relugate the internet to an extent

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I'm kind of double sided on the topic. There are goods and bads on each side. We can either have complete freedom or be safe...

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Are the Chinese not going to find out too much information about American secrets if we do not regulate what they see? It is a matter of national security as well as a risk to you private information.

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I agree with that comment a lot. I think that the government should regulate what the foreign countries see because most Americans aren't trying to cyber attack their own country. Also the government should have firewalls after firewall so then people cant get through.

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No. I think that they could regulate what’s ON the internet, to get rid of porn and other inappropriate and illegal stuff, but I think that the majority of citizens aren’t doing bad stuff on the internet so our privacy shouldn’t be invaded. Monitoring an innocent person’s online activity will not protect the country from hackers. This would take away from our freedom of speech and let the government take control of another aspect of our lives.

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I agree, Ella. There is never a need for any innapropriate images, text, or media of any kind.

mitchell-17h(6) Disputed
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But how do they find out those sites unless they regulate the people who go on those sites? to find those sites, they need to follow where those poeple go. I think that they should monitior a person's internet usage, so they can find those sites

AbbyNich(15) Disputed
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Maybe they should regulate certain "trigger words" that could be a big red flag. They should only monitor your internet usage if you are or become suspicious or a threat to the government.

eharpstead(11) Clarified
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When it comes to our country's secrets, though, there should be more limits. But for our day to day facebook posts which are not killing the country, the monitoring shouldn't be there. Plus this would cost a lot, wouldn't it? We can't really do that.

mitchell-17h(6) Disputed
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But facebook is just another source. Just because its a social site doesnt mean there are not innapropriate things on it. If monitoring facebook can end the innapropriate things on there, I think they should monitor facebook to. And by the way, facebok is already being monitored, when interviewing for a job, COmpanys are able to monitor your facebook page, to see if you'v done anything wrong. This is already hapening, so why not let it go through.

I agree with ella because if they can control everything that we do or see on the internet, that would be invading our personal privacy.

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i agree that they should regulate what is on the internet that way if someone is looking up something that could be of harm, or is just innaprotiat, should be blocked or taken off the internet

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the goverdnment should regulate the dinternet to keep user's privacy from hackers.

mekultgen(11) Disputed
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I have one question for you. Do you even care if the government goes into your facebook or other social places on the internet and looks at your private info.

No, because the privacy of how much you want to personally protect on the internet is up to you.

The privacy of what you do on the internet is a privilege and should stay that way, in my opinion.

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I agree because if you are behaving on the internet you shouldn't be monitored. If you are not doing legal things then you should be monitored.

I agree with you, Morgan. People shouldn't have to worry about the government watching over what they are doing on the internet if they are just doing what they should be doing on the internet. You shouldn't have to be monitored if you're respecting privacy laws and looking at appropriate media.

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I don't think we should be monitored either because most people behave on the internet. It would only be nice to monitor the people that don't behave and hack others, only because people deserve their own privacy. Everybody has rights and privacy should be one.

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No. I feel the government would be infringing on your privacy. They would have control over the internet and would be watching everything you do. And they would end up limiting free speech.

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I agree on the issue of invading our privacy. There has already been cases of people hacking in to webcams and watching people. That is not acceptable.

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I think that we need more security on the internet. without security there is not privacy.

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privacy is what everybody wants and with security would actually help a lot with that because it would be harder to hack.

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I see why they would want to do this but i do not agree with this. I believe people should have as much privacy at there house. I agree if they have cameras to monitor people at like libraries or anything like that but i don't agree with it being in our homes

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I think they should be able to monitor public networks but private networks should not be under the governments control.

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I agree that public networks could be monitored and private networks unmonitored because its obviously called "private"

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I agree, we shouldn't have to worry about somebody watching what we're doing while we're at home.

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Private networks shouldn't be subject to regulating. We have serious issues if private networks are no longer private.

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I say it depends on how they are gonna control the internet like are they gonna restart the whole internet by deleting everything on the internect. Also I dont want the government looking into my personal stuff on facebook because everyone needs some privacy.

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I think that the government should be able to regulate what websites are on the internet. If the content is harmful or illegal then they should take it off. But if they regulate what we post in social sites then it is invading our privacy and taking away our freedom of speech.

Example: Fifteen privacy groups have filed a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission seeking an investigation over deceptive trade practice. call for government action when its at it's strongest if Facebook breaks its promises. If Facebook violates its own privacy policy or its promises to users, government should and could investigate and take action to prevent further problems.

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I agree with Ella, but we also need security to keep away hackers

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I'm totally for keeping away hackers. But looking at what we're all posting would be very time-consuming and would not result in much protection. But I do think hackers need to be stopped.

I agree, i think that they need to keep away hackers but find a way to not get into everyones business

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i think that the goverment should relugate the internet so people can have their info private and so peoples acounts dont get broken into.

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I think that the government should have access to other peoples' privacy, IF they think that the person they are looking at is a threat to the United States, and needs to be checked out.

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I belive that government should regulate internet usage, because it will stop hackeers. The regulating will stop the hacking before it starts, not only saveing money, but also savng innocent people and cathcing the wrongdoing of others.

cohenning(7) Clarified
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Mitchell why would u want someone to monitor your every single little thing you do on your internet i know you agree with it cause Ur all like omg omg we got some terrorist trying to find a recipe for a bomb no its not like thAT AND IF THERE ARE DIRECTIONS TO MAKE A BOMB ON THE INTERNET THEN THE GOVERNMENT WOULD BLOCK THAT SITE OR DELETE THE SITE

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Yes agreed with cole, who wants to have people watching every single thing you do on the internet all the time. How about some privacy!

eharpstead(11) Disputed
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If it were just monitoring it would be fine. But regulating makes it seem a little harsher. If this is just about watching for hackers, that'd be fine.

AbbyNich(15) Disputed
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Sure, the regulation would stop hackers and maybe save money, but it would also be VERY costly. Imagine how long it would take to regulate everything on every website. The interent is HUGE. Take into account all the people that would take and they also need a salary, therefore making it more costly than money-saving.

gabem22(2) Disputed
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Mitch, how will monitoring the internet stop hackers? they will just find a way to avoid the monitoring anyway

mitchell-17h(6) Disputed
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Then we need to upgrade our technology to stop this!!!!! I fwe have no technological defense we are dead

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No, they shouldn't control are internet because It's our privacy. People do terrible stuff on the internet that is inappropraite but thats their choice, I think it's wrong but what about freedom?

kykronberg(13) Disputed
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Haha wern't you just agreeing with abby that you were for the goveernment taking over the internet?

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I don't think the government should usse caameras to monitor you, but monitor you by what sites you look up.

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I think that the government should give users of the internet more privacy. Everybody deserves their privacy, I dont think that people should be able to look into people personal things.

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I don't think the government should be able to regulate the internet. It infringes the peoples rights.

cohenning(7) Clarified
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I agree with jake its our right and our freedom to do whatever we want to do on the internet

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I do not think that the government should regulate the internet. It is the user's decision on what they put online. They should be well aware of what they are saying and the aftermath. User's should know that the information they post can be read by anyone and used against them.

AllyB495(7) Disputed
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But then again, the government can be very paranoid. The nation's safety is one of the priorities and we don't want government secrets to get out. A war sparked by technology would truly start the tech era. America's plans need to stay within our shores, not on the worldwide web. The wed provides unlimited options to people. Both good and bad.

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the internet should be regulated, but to an extent. to stop hackers, but not to totally not have any privacy from the government

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I agree with cole i wouldnt want some one to look atmy profile or something if i didnt know them

Monitoring our every move on the internet is an invasion of one of our basic rights. There SHOUlD be SOME privacy, but not to an extent where our every little move needs to be watched.

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Yeah, a loose monitoring system would be fine. Not every search. We do require some privacy.

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I tihnk that the person should have control over their own privacy and that they can choose if they want privacy or not. If they want privacy, then they can do it by taking precautions, if they think that they dont need privacy, then that is their choice.

I agree. The government has so much control over us already, and controlling our every move on the internet would be a little too over the top. Taking precautions doesn't have to mean watching every little thing we browse on the internet.

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Why must these debates fill up the argument waterfall.

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Ah yes forgot DV happy class.

mitchell-17h(6) Disputed
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PLEASE LEAVE YOU ARE BEING VERY "DISRUPTIVE" TO PUT IT "NICELY"

eharpstead(11) Disputed
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How low can you get??? Sitting on CreateDebates and arguing with students? Who has time for that? Get a job, "Cuaroc". Please leave us alone.

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i dont think that we should relgate it but yet i do to an extent

If you are behaving yourself on the internet, browsing appropriate sites, and keeping personal information on the "down-low", the government watching over your moves shouldn't be an issue. It is however, an invasion of privacy and in my personal opinion...kept to a limit to not overpower our freedom.

Chaz549(7) Disputed
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But there are multi Billion dollar industries that revolve around "naughty" web-sites.

so if that is deleted so are thousands of peoples jobs.

mitchell-17h(6) Disputed
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Just because they get caught, oesnt mean that the people lose thier jobs, just the poeple who are working with that site

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The government may be taking some rights away, but it might be a good cause, and rights are basaed on what we as a people agree on.

gabem22(2) Disputed
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The government keeps taking little rights away and after a while, all of these little rights taken away add up and seem like we can't do anything on our own anymore without being monitored

I think that the government should be involved with the internet because if they were'nt, then it would just be easier for people to do illegal things. But i also don't think they should see everything that people do because thats invading our privacy. If they don't want people to do as many bad things, then they should take some sites off the internet or make them illegal.

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the government should regulate the internet at the extent of seeing what people do at their homes, not many people want old men looking at you through your web cam. I think they should track certain words so they can figure out what people are up to. they should also delete blue-prints to military weapons so the enemy countries dont copie us.

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I agree with Laura. The internet should not be regulated by the government, but can be scanned

Lauryn101797(19) Clarified
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I think it should only be scanned up to a certain point or time of browsing history.

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The government is taking away our freedom of speech by tracking and regulating what individuals post on their accounts. Privacy should be given until you have messed up by using illegal websites then their actions should be monitored.

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I agree with you, our freedom of speech and the press is restricted. But, also they wouldn't be able to find out if you did use an illegal websited if they didn't at least have a loose regulation.

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I dont think that the government should look at what people are doing unless someone is doing something bad.

jmusiedlak19(9) Disputed
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i think they should the whole time because people can always look op very bad things that they shouldnt

JJisacoolguy(5) Disputed
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I totally disagree, the government shoud not be able to just look into people's provate lives/information. People deserve privacy.

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i agree because there are bad things on th internet and should not be shown to others especially younger citizens

The government has so much power over us already, I personaly feel that having them monitor every little thing we browse would be taking it over the line a little too far. We need to have our privacy and freedom too, just like every human being should have.

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Chaz makes a good point about the military related things, but not the rest of what he said.

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I believe the government should look only into internet sites that have suspicious activity and that how they should control the internet.

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i agree that they should look at the sights that are very bad and popular

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With the advancements in technology, the government should have a quick easy way that users could report hacking and illegal content. That way the government would find out about it and wouldn't have to monitor all users.

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I disagree with Ryan. The government has no right to interfere with our rights.

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It would be invading our privacy, privacy is part of our rights.

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Megan makes a good point. The government should only scan for suspicious or illegal activity.

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Mitchell is right the govrnment needs to monitor who goes on what sites so they find those sites.

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The government should control their way of how people make purcahses online. If they buy something online, then i agree with the fact that you need credit card information and addresses for shipment, but once the website gives the buyer verification, then the personal info like cards and addresses can no longer be viewed.

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You have a good point about websites getting rid of personal information once it's no longer useful. What if someone wanted to purchase from a website more than once? Who wants to go through re-entering all their information?

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I think that the goverment shouldnt have to look or relagate the internet unless someone is doing something bad on it.

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the government should lightly overlook what people put on and look up on the Internet because there can be disturbing things put on the Internet and should not be shown for all the public, but they should not be over protective for it

Gwen_Lade(6) Disputed
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I think it is the parent's responsibility to protect what their kids are able to see. They should put a type of 'safe search' on their computer if they are concerned. The government would also be infringing on others' rights if they took the inappropriate things off. That stuff is still legal to be put on the internet.

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The government could look for certain searches, and possibly send out warnings to those who do put disturbing things up. No more.

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I agree with Gabe, because those type of people with records should be under surveillence 24/7.

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I don't think restrictions should go onto the internet or social media. But besides that, they could make law or do something to keep the internet safe. But I really don't think the government should completely control the internet.

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I think that the government should be able to regulate the internet to an extent. They should be able to remove things that will affect our national security but they should not be able to remove things if they're really not doing anything hurtful to our coutry or people in general.

I agree, i think the government should be able to look at the bad things but not everything that we say, or control absolutely everything that we can do or say on different sites.

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If the government watches the websites on the internet then they would know if there is illegal content. But they should remove the website and not the users from the internet. If the illegal or inappropriate websites are removed then the internet would be safer for all.

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I also believe that the government is taking away our freedom of speech if they dont let people speak their minds on social websites.

We all have freedom of speech, and if the government is tracking our every move of the internet, that is taking away our right completely. If they don't want us to go on a site then they should take that site off the internet.

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Is there a way to track what people are doing on the internet without using a webcam.

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Cole the government won't be able to find that sit if they're not monitoring thed internet.

But they should only be able to monitor some of the internet, not your personal stuff that you're doing though

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I agree. They should only monitor people with criminal records dealing with inappropriate issues or like identity theft related things.

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I ment to say..How does one track something on the internet??

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Terrorisim is a huge problem so we should regulate the internet from "viral" attacks, and keep our country safe

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yes the government should make our country better by regulating the inter so the see people planning attacks

I totally agree mitchell! They definitely need to keep it safe from terrorists just not effecting everyones privacy though

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I disagree with Ryan because the government should ot have complete control over the internet.

jmusiedlak19(9) Disputed
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i agree with ryan and NOT prem because what if someone is looking up something they shouldnt be

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i agree with the people that think that the government should look at the sites but not all sites. they should look at the ones that are popular and the ones that are not very appropriate.

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i agree because the government should not have all access to all the sites because there are some out there that are very edu. and there are some that will just ruin your mind

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I think the internet should be regulated because people should not be able to what ever they want to. If people are helping other country plan attacks or other stuff like that.

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the government shouldnt look on the internet on what people are looking at because they are doing their own thing and the government should not get into other people business and what they want to do

jmusiedlak19(9) Disputed
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i dissagree because what if the people were looking up something bad? huhhhh

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I also think it is dangerous for the government to monitor what users do on the internet because it just opens more doors for hackers to find ways to gain information and use it. It could also cause identity theft.

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we need some privacy on what we put on are facebook wall or any information and they should make the internet faster cuz its really slow.

-R.I.P (Redneck In Paridise)- J.w-

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yse the government should focus on getting the internet faster than looking at others business

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I think that it an be regulated if they dont interfere with other peoples computers and if the country is ok with it.

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the government helps keep most of the people who hack other people away and they also think they should have limits on how many ads there are on the intenet.

-R.I.P (Redneck In Paridise) J.W-

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very ture, hackers should be banned from sites that they hack on and into

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The only thing that the computer should control is the websites that people visit, and if the website have red flags

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prems right, we should be more cautious on what we look up

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I think the governmet should only look into people who got kick off a website for something thats inappropriate and not look into people who have done nothing wrong

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Hackers usually steal credit card numbers or stuff like that so i can say i will only allow the government to monitor due to hackers

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OK. This is my viewpoint. The government could MONITOR us because that will help stop hackers. They could have trigger words like Abby said. But think about the stuff we do on the internet. Are they going to spend an hour watching us play CoolMath? They normal citizen should get to be a little more free. If some guy just got out of jail, then yeah, monitor them! I have no problem with them watching some questionable people. And they should take care of getting bad stuff off of the internet, because there is not reason for it to be there.

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i think that they really should have people watching but not all the time

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agree because they should be limited on the amout they are watching if they watch at all

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There is no perfect solution. If it was a perfect world, we would not have problems with hackers in the first place. Somewhere, people will have to give a little and get a little. Compromise.

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i agree because there are going to be peope thet have the brains to figure out how to get into the system and look at private items others are searching

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The country is not at risk because of unregulated internet use. If there were people actually trying to hurt the country's security i think they would find some way around the regulations.

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i do not want the government looking at what i am searching and it is m own private info. tht i need

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Should the government regulate the internet to protect users' privacy?

This makes no sense. How is the government watching us protect privacy?

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No, we should not be scarred that we have to watch out if the government is watching us. We came here for freedom, not to be babysat. If we want privacy we will watch what we are doing. We don’t need to pay for things online. It’s our pick. They are not making us buy things online or pay for bills online, if we are so scarred that we are going to get hacked than don’t do it.

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I understand what you're saying about being "babysat" I really like the way you put that. I think we need to make sure we protect ourselves. We should take responsibilities for ourself not the government. We are supposed to be a free country and I feel like the government is trying to take our freedom away. First they make us have healthcare, now they want to make sure our internet is the way they want it. If they get away with that, what are they planning to do next?

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I don't think that the government should be able to take control of the internet.

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Yes because if you are on a banking website and you are putting in your social security number and credit card number and someone is hacking you they can see that so I think that you should have to go to a bank to get things don’t like that and not online because you can be hacked.

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I don't think the government should regulate the internet companies already keep personal info. secret because if your company isn't trusted with the information then they loose costumers. If the government regulates the internet then it like having someone looking over your shoulder the entire time we're online

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Yes they should because if you are paying your bill on line someone could get into your account and get your pin number so then they could spend your money.The government regulations would force online business to disclose what they do with the information they collect to protect the people on those sites who might be buying stuff.

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I don't think that the government should regulate the internet. It will only violate peoples' privacy even more and limit freedoms. Honestly, the software updates you can get will probably cheaper, quicker and probably more effective.

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test test test

A convenient way to shop, bank, and socialize

A great way to make profit

It’s hard to protect so many different computers and servers

Secrets are held from the people using their site

There’s no official way to protect all online users

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I think the government shouldn't be watching every single key type you make. What they should be doing, is watching for bulling, hackers, and pro-filers.

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I am undecided because the government regulating the internet would help decreasing the amount of credit thefts, but I feel that the the government would hurt small businesses because they rely on the internet for addresses so they can deliver their product.

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Pros: Prevent things like Identity theft

You would know where you personal information is going when you buy things on the internet.

The government would ensure that online businesses handle user’s personal information properly.

Cons: Some business already regulate themselves and don’t need any help from the government.

Computer software’s can scramble credit card numbers to help from being stolen or misused.

I personally agree with the idea of putting regulations on the internet. I can see the other side of the argument, but in the end it just protects you more. I believe that if we regulate the internet it would help to prevent credit/debit card number theft.

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I am for it because everyone should have privacy on there own computer. They should tell us how our personal information is going to be used.

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I believe that the government should not be able to control businesses because they control there selves.

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I don't think the government should, take control of the Internet Privacy!

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Even though the government controlling the internet seems a bit creepy (it actually is), maybe there could be a little control...? But not too much that it gets in the way of so many people on the internet.

It's hard to decide which side is 'the good side' because they both have pros and cons.

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I don't think the government should, protect users privacy..because its your privacy, you can do what you want on your own computer. Its your business not others.

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Yes, because how else are you to trust a online company with your information. If you ask a company what they do to protect your information they are not required to give you an answer but the government would require it.

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I think that the government should not regulate the internet. I think that there is a problem forming that terrorists are beginning to hack, but I believe that we are protected enough. If the government starts patrolling the internet, it'll start costing more and more money. We'll get into even more debt and they government may not have enough power to stop the hackers anyway.

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I think this would be a good idea if we could afford it but I would rather have them just put extra security on your bank account than social network accounts because there really no point in hacking your profile if you don’t have your really personal information. And I don’t think they should limit the amount of stuff you put out because you should be putting it out on your own risk

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The government shouldn't track what the normal Americans are doing because most people don't do things wrong on the internet. The thing that they should regulate is how the online businesses use peoples information. Like there credit card number, their social security number, their telephone number, and their address.

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I agree with you man only our important info should be protected not the hole entire internet.

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should the government regulating the internet? in some ways its good and some ways it bad the ways its good is that there would be more protection with your computer and information. the bad is, is that there is not much privacy then. it kind of gives me a feeling of being stalked. that's just what I think.

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and I wouldn't feel comfortable on the internet. so I'm more eon the no side.

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I agree with that because I don't want them seeing everything I do

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I think the government should regulate the internet, and have security because their are Cyber hackers that are getting more sophisticated and much stronger than ever before. Their Are millions of computer systems that are being hacked, and affecting the United States of America. If we don't act soon a Cyber Pearl Harbor could start, ruining systems that would cost billions.

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The government should have regulations on what businesses do with their customers' information. This would give people a better sense of security over the internet and might even help boost the economy with more people shopping online. Without regulations, some business may leave customers' information to be very easy for hackers to find.

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Yes I think that the Government should regulate the internet to protect users. I believe this because when you are applying for something or shopping online, the Internet sites are not required to tell researchers and shoppers how their personal information will be used. Not just that but even though the website may say no one else but us will see this information, they could easily be lieing. Along with that, you could be telling your private information to an identify thief without even knowing it. That’s why it is important for the government to be watching what users are doing on the internet.

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No because the government shouldn't be over our shoulder on every thing we do. The people need their personal space. The government needs to trust us. They just can't be looking at our personal information on the internet. There is Facebook and Twitter. Would you want the government to know everything you post and see what you are talking about with people. If the would they could put regulations on stuff we do. Do our people really want that? I don't and I hope the government doesn't take over the internet.

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What I think: we should have more cyber security to some point. Because we’re going to have a cyber peal harbor.

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I think the government should not put a privacy on there because a lot of people would stop going on the internet site so business that are mainly online will take a hit but yet they still could stop potential hackers

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I think that they should pass the bill for internet to protect the users' privacy, because this good be a good thing to pass because there could be terrorists that the government could stop before they destroy something.But it could be a bad thing because your privacy would be exposed along with your personal information, so people could get stalked and their accounts hacked. But this doesn't protect us from someone hacking anyway even if the government protects our privacy.

Maddypatty4(6) Clarified
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I think that we should be protected by making better spyware and firewall protection. Instead of having the Government go into your personal information to claim that "their protecting you".

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I think that they should pass the bill because other countries can cyber attack us very easily. If we had protection from the government to intervene with that it would be good. It could help protect our economy also. Government being able to view accounts in some situations could be good in some situations because they could end up preventing something bad from happening. But for all of the innocent people who are being stalked and viewed even if they don’t have to, could be dangerous. I believe that in the future the government will view all that we do cyber for our protection.

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Cyber hackers are becoming stronger, which means we must get stronger to overpower them.

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No because the government shouldn't be over our shoulder on every thing we do. The people need their personal space. The government needs to trust us. They just can't be looking at our personal information on the internet. There is Facebook and Twitter. Would you want the government to know everything you post and see what you are talking about with people. If the would they could put regulations on stuff we do. Do our people really want that? I don't and I hope the government doesn't take over the internet.

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I believe that they shouldn’t be able to get into your private computer. Not unless you are suspected or proved of a cyber crime. You have freedoms and having one of your most private items being watched whenever they want to, would bother me a lot. They need good reasons to be in your private stay at home life.

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I don't think that the government should put regulations on the internet because we should be able to have privacy. People don't want people watching them do every little thing on the internet. People should be responsible enough to not look up things that there not supposed to but they have to trust us so we can have our privacy.

ScarletS(5) Disputed
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Yeah, but also we need to make sure that hackers can't get into our personal information like bank accounts and important information.

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I agree that we should pass the cyber security bill. t would help us against hackers from other states and countries bank accounts or steal our facebook accounts. Hackers can steal our identity. May steal our families too. Eventually it may lead to higher people like Obama or congress people/senators. If it goes this far what should we do? Here's the answer (the cyber Security Bill)

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I think the Government should regulate the internet because we don’t want people to be able to hack into our important files like bank accounts, and military information.

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I think the Government should regulate the internet a little because we don’t want people to be able to hack into our important files like bank accounts, and military information. But not too much because we don't want the government to control us completely.

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No, because the government does not provide internet they should not be allowed to regulate it. and it will give them to much reach into our lives and they will misuse it

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No they shouldn't.............................. because its invading personal space and I don't like that

klasburger(4) Disputed
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It isn't a matter of personal space but a matter of our own security.

Ian180(10) Disputed
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If they did protect us it would just be our credit card numbers and sociial security numbers, not your Facebook information.

Schaefer(3) Disputed
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You spelled social wrong! Wow, what a noob! You should use the spell check option next time before posting your dispute!

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There are parts about the government protecting out internet that I like and that I don’t. I do like that they are taking the steps to taking care of us and our identities and band accounts, but I don’t like about how they were saying that foreign hackers are getting more complex. Even if they do protect our internet they would find a way to break it. I would want to try to protect it then keep building it as we go on and as we find ways to make it stronger. There are more and more attacks on the internet so it is becoming a problem for us. I would take the step to start and protecting the internet for everyone safety.

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Pretty centrist argument. You could go either way from a moderate position to either party on any issue.

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No they shouldn't because people should know what they are signing up for and think about what could happen once they do.

Ian180(10) Disputed
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Yeah but what if some Chinese guy stole your security numbers and the government couldn't help you at all.

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If the Chinese want to hack into anything they will find a way to do it.

Ian180(10) Disputed
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Yeah but what do you mean by that? Do you think that they should or shouldn't.

klasburger(4) Disputed
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That shouldn't because it doesn't matter what they do, they can get into everything.

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Businesses are making people tell their private information to buy items

It is that persons mind to make up if they trust that company.

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I Don’t think government should be able to regulate our personal information. There are already precautions taken like scrambling credit card numbers. Also, we should take responsibility to be precautions on the internet with our information. The government has better things to worry about then users' internet privacy.

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I think that they should regulate this foreign hackers are becoming very good at hacking or stealing your private information. Also, if the government would regulate the internet, then terrorist and bomb making videos wouldn’t be out there because they would get blocked. This could also go on the national level and hackers could hack into our military and other private but important things. But, the amount that the government should be reasonable.

klasburger(4) Disputed
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The nerds on their computers will find a way to hack into whatever they feel like.

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I think that they should, but they should only have access to only certain websites like credit cards and banks. I also think that there should be no way to negate these restrictions and people could individually set up what they want the government to monitor on a website, or an actual person.

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I think that the government should regulate the internet. The amount that they regulate the internet should also be regulated. The government should help prevent people from going onto unwanted sites, but they shouldn't be able to ban sites. They should also protect our bank accounts, military sites, stock market, and other major companies websites. This could help enhance the security of the US without taking away the freedom that we stand for.

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No, I don’t think the government should regulate internet security. It is your fault if you put something personal online. You should regulate what you put on the internet, and you should have safe passwords that you keep to yourself. The government should also not be allowed to invade our privacy of what we put on the internet. The government already does a lot for us, and they don’t need to protect individual internet security. That would be a lot to take care of! The government shouldn't need to regulate because the business regulates on their own. The business wants their users or customers to come back, so they will protect your personal information. If my personal information was used for something else, I wouldn't go back to that website!

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I think that yeah it would help, but only in certain situations. I think that it should involving companies, for companies who ask a bunch of questions before you can order something they should have to tell you exactly why they need that information. But I don't agree with social media centers having regulations. I think it is our life and we should be able to do what we please without interference.

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I think they should put regulations on it because I don't want my private information getting out and someone could easily hack into our accounts.

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I agree because I wouldn't want all of my personal information leaking out. But also I think that if the government regulated the internet it wouldn't stop there, they would keep putting restrictions on things and it would get out of control.

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If you give a company your information you should trust that company

Maddypatty4(6) Clarified
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You should be able the trust them. Unfortunately, sometimes the world works differently than it should. Some people use your information to benefit themselves. That is just a reason why you should be careful about who you give your information to. I think you should decide who gets your information instead of the government deciding for you.

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No I don’t think the government should be involved in what we do online. I personally think the government needs to stop butting their way into our lives. I can deal with my own problems. I do think there are creepers out there but that’s why WE SHOULD’NT BE STUPID online. We should make smart decisions. That’s why we use extra long passwords! We can deal with it ourselves. It’s like when your mom looks at you text messages, you tell your friend what guy you like, You don’t want your mom to know! So if you don’t want your mom to know why would you want some random stranger from the government to know your personal information! That’s crazy! I think that children predators are bad and that’s why we shouldn’t be stupid and give out personal info. So I do understand personal information is important to keep safe. I just think we should have the responsibility of doing it ourselves.

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No the government should not regulate the internet to protect user's privacy because we pay money from our own pockets so we can do what we want on the internet and go on what ever site we want to go on. We have rights and if the government protects the internet it will deactivate our rights because we are not allowed to do what we want even though we have to pay money for a computer and pay money for electricity to go on the internet and all that money came from us not the government so we should be able to regulate the internet for our self and not the government.

ScarletS(5) Disputed
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But if they don't regulate it at all, hackers could easily get into our bank accounts and steal our money, also people could get into important government information.

Maddypatty4(6) Disputed
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Still I get what your saying but, what What about your personal information do you really want some stranger from the government to view it? Protecting information is easy to do considering we can use spyware, antivirus and Firewalls. Maybe what the government should be focusing on is creating even more advanced spyware.

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No.

1. Security is offered on the sites, they scramble credit card numbers for protection

2. Software is updated often as well. There could be countless other ways that your identity could be stolen. It is not just bad websites.

3. When people are putting their important information on the computer they should realize that they are taking a risk, and it’s not someone else’s fault, but only their own.

4.When they are putting important information they should completely trust the site before they give away credit card or phone numbers.

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The government should regulate the internet so that people cant hack into someone's account and take their information. Also the government needs to regulate the internet so that when people sign up for a website they know how their information is going to be used and if it is going to be shared.

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No! Most of our computers do it for us like scramble the numbers on your credit card for you. The government shouldn't be able to see what we are doing every second of every day. It's not like the CIA would be looking for a terrorist on a Wal-Mart site looking for shoes. It's not the governments business what we do on the internet. It also shouldn't matter what Kmart or some other site does with our private information like credit cards because nothing to bad has happened from that yet.

Ian180(10) Disputed
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If they did monitor us it could be regulated so that they can only see certain things, and not every single thing you do.

Ian180(10) Disputed
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And if they did regulate us it wouldn't be watching us, it would be them protecting our credit cards and national security numbers.

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I also don't want some creep sitting in a dark room to look at my pictures on facebook.

majerusem(3) Disputed
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If the government regulates the things we are doing, they can also see you emails, facebook, twitter...So it's not any better than a creeper.

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No because if the government can see what we are doing 24/7 then they can look at our personal emails and all of our passwords and so on.

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Regulation of the internet by the government might be useful, but it almost seems like a waste of resources when there are much more important, pressing matters. Protecting the people online should be a priority, just not the first priority. It would be more beneficial if there was an easier way to weed out the websites and companies stealing information so they can be shut down without the government getting involved in everything.

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yes, because if they do we will be more protected while we are o he internet.

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I also don't think that the government should be involved with out cyber problems because what if they start to go into all of our things then take from us. We cant do anything about it because who would we tell? They would have an advantage over us because we wouldn't know how to react to it all. If they can protect us and leave it be like that I would be totally with the bill. But if they end up using it agents us what would we do.

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I just don't agree with the government regulating businesses that do it. I think that is dumb because the businesses will regulate themselves so their customers will come back.

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If the government would take away rights to companies then you couldn't buy things online.

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The government also shouldn't regulate our internet security because if you agree to something like giving your personal information to a website, you should know that anything can happen with that information. It can be passed around and that would be your own fault if something happens because you put it on.

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Yes, very well put. I agree.Which makes another point, what will happen to sites online that you can give out information. This reminds me of an adult dating website. Would they be blocked then?

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People should be aware that there are scary people on the internet, but that doesn't stop them. They shouldn't regulate the internet because people should be aware.

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No because if the government can see what we are doing 24/7 then they can look at our personal emails and all of our passwords and so on.

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I think the government should regulate privacy on the internet because hackers can to many things that can ruin the lives of others. Not only do hackers bring down businesses and look at personal information they can become a part of your life by using the things you say and do against you.

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No, the government should not regulate the internet to protect users' privacy because by protecting our privacy they can invade it.

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People should be aware when they are giving out personal information. I they are afraid then they should not to it.

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Couldn't the government look over once a year to look for business or companies that try to take peoples money.

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I don't think the government should be allowed to regulate individuals internet but I think that it should regulate big companies or people know for felonies

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If you were to get your credit card taken by a business could you shut it down by something?

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I could go either way I mean if the website companies use the users private information to get at there personal things then there should be some sort of regulation to let the people know what they are getting into, but if the companies don't use the information then there is no point in the regulations because they won't do anything to help the people. All it will do is cause the companies to lose money.

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I don't want my accounts getting hacked, especially when it comes to things like banking accounts and important things like that. I wouldn't want someone getting into my information and stealing my credit card number or something like that.

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I think the government should stay out of the lives of the citizens completely. Run the country, not our personal conduct! I'm an adult and I don't want Uncle Sam telling me how much I can use the Net, nor what sites/services I can use, etc.

Everything the government seeks to regulate turns out badly, ie the Wars on Drugs and Terrorism, etc. Do we really want these same people regulate our use of the Net?

In this case, I think the Government should get involved to protect the privacy of all individuals.

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Enjoy the pros and cons of government regulation. Please try to back up each statement with evidence you found and that you make an inference on.

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I think the government should not put a privacy user because then no one would use the internet and that would make the companies go under

Ian180(10) Disputed
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But what if there are people who take the numbers that our government would protect?