- George Orwell, 1984


Web Pages

  • Electronic Privacy Information Center This webpage contains information on the various ways that our right to privacy is being infringed, particularly due to the internet and other new forms of technology
  • This article examines the effects of invasion of privacy on the victim in the U.S., the impact of invasion of privacy on personal safety ways to avoid privacy invaders, and the influence of invasion of privacy on employment
  • Tracking Chip in Driver's Lisences? - This webpage describes the possibility of new driver's licenses having chip to track your location and contain all your personal information
  • Invasion of Privacy Wiki - For more information on invasion of privacy, you can look at this attempt at a wiki that is similar to ours but may contain additional information

News Article

  • A Playdate with Big Brother - New School University article debating use of cameras invading privacy from student's perspectives.
  • Getting Worked Up About Privacy - Time article, by JOSHUA QUITTNER, is describes how the controversy of invasion of privacy came about, a personal story of identity theft, and professional opinions of this issue.
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  • - Celebrities are constantly trying to avoid paparazzi, fans and in general just trying to maintain privacy. This article describes how Great Britain is trying to protect celebrities and bring to light how difficult it is to live in one’s life in front of constant cameras.
  • Driver's License to Feature Radio Chip-A "digital Angel" radio chip threatens to invade privacy even more through tracking of drivers licenses so each holder can be tracked at any one time.

RSS Feeds

  • A blog about invasion of privacy from the law standpoint, for definitions of words these blogs may contain, click on "Joshua Quittner... under "News Articles."
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  • Google Search-This link shows the results from a simple search at for "Invasion of Privacy"


"Loss of Privacy: The Prophecy of '1984.'" United Streaming. 2009. Discovery Education Streaming. 26 Feb. 2009

"FBI and CIA: The PATRIOT Act and the Criminal and Intelligence Communities." United Streaming. Discovery Education. 26 Feb. 2009.
(USA Patriot Act stands for -Uniting and Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism Act of 2001)

Corresponding Criticism

Further Reading and Understanding

If you have found our topic interesting and would like to learn more about the controversial issue of invasion of privacy, how to protect your identity and more, here are suggested reading you might enjoy.
  • e-Books: An Invasion of Privacy by Dick Eastman
  • Naked in Cyberspace: How to Find Personal Information Online by Carole A. Lane
  • 1984 by George Orwell
  • Invasion of Privacy! Big Brother and the Company Hackers by Michael Weber
  • Wired Magazine (can also view
  • The Fourth Amendment which describes "Reasonable Expectation of Privacy"
  • The USA Patriot Act and full legal standing can be viewed here.

How Invasions Of Privacy Affect You

  • School Laptops
  • Facebook
  • Google
  • Cell Phones
  • Online Shopping
  • Banking
  • College
  • E-mail
  • "Hidden Cameras"
  • Cameras in stores

Discussion Questions


  1. Thomas Jefferson once said, "I would rather be exposed to the inconveniences attending too much liberty than those attending too small a degree of it." Do you agree or disagree with him? Why or why not?
  2. In 1984, by George O, there is a "utopian" society where there is no privacy. He wrote, "There was of course no way of knowing whether you were being watched at any given moment. How often, or on what system, the Thought Police plugged in on any individual wire was guesswork. It was even conceivable that they watched everybody all the time. But at any rate they could plug in your wire whenever they wanted to. You had to live—did live, from habit that became instinct—in the assumption that every sound you made was overheard, and, except in darkness, every movement scrutinized." Imagine living in this society and how it would effect you.
  3. An RFID tag is an object that can be applied to or incorporated into a product, animal, or person for the purpose of identification and tracking using radio waves. There is a possibility that these items can be placed into shoes, clothing, under the skin of pets and in cars. How would you feel if your every move had the possibility of being watched?
  4. What role do you feel "Big Brother" plays in your life? How much worse do you think the situation is now then when it was 25 years ago?
  5. Google Earth has become a controversial technological advantage because people, and what they are doing, can be seen on the "street view." Would you consider this a invasion of privacy?