Invasion of privacy as a theme of dystopian novels.

After reading a shameful amount of sci-fi/ dystopian books (probably 5), I have come to the conclusion that all of them focus on the theme – ‘Government control’ and ‘Invasion of privacy’.

I’ve read the book ‘Shattered’ by Teri Terry which is the third book of the ‘Slated’ series. A girl named Kyla is in constant danger. She keeps her distance from the Government who had erased her memory and the terrorists who try to use her. She heads to a mountain to find herself. In doing so, secrets about her birth mother are revealed. Nobody can be trusted and it’s survival of the fittest.

A typical dystopian story which was a page-turner. I had to continue reading, once I read about her mother. The book wasn’t too bad. I’ll give the book 3/5 stars.

It got me thinking. With everything I’ve seen on the news and articles, I’ve read by some very enthusiastic conspiracy theorists we are slowly moving towards a world where people are being controlled. (such as in a dystopian world) What I mean by controlled is… Is it okay for the Government to know your every move?

Is it a threat to people’s privacy to use cameras as a security measure?

Yes. I believe security cameras are a threat to people’s privacy. Security cameras have been created to protect the public and stop crime. Before, only banks and at high – security areas were cameras used. Now… on every corner, you’ll find them.

Security cameras may pose a threat to personal privacy through the recording of a video. Every picture and video been taken of someone requires their consent. Many might say that security cameras are for everyone’s protection. These days, police officers will not physically monitor an area, they’ll depend on surveillance cameras. An officers job is not to stare at a camera, it is to help and protect the people.

The more cameras that are produced, the more jobs are been lost. Which would have otherwise been a security guard. Not only do cameras distract police officers from the real work that they should be doing, but also contribute to job loss. Unemployment is the key factor in the increase in crime.

A person who is crazy enough to perform a crime will ensure they never get caught. CCTV cameras are just there to give the public a false feeling of safety. Many think that if a security camera is in sight, all is good. “The police has evidence against the suspect”. Chances of that being true is not at all.

Cameras stop teenagers from committing petty crimes but those who cause the real damages such as robbery will most likely wear gloves, a mask and cap and would also have done their ‘homework’ on where the cameras blindspots are. Cameras record the data and other programs could also be used to identify the suspect through facial recognition or the way the suspects walks using their gait… Unfortunately, low-class security guards and government officers don’t have access to such programs making the cameras useless. Cameras are used against us, whether to build a case against innocents or just to follow the whereabouts of celebrities.

It is a fact in some ways that security cameras are useful. The question is, do we put our private lives on the cloud for the police to serve justice by arresting only a small percentage of suspects and leaving the rest of the wrong-doers on the streets? The answer is no.

<p value="<amp-fit-text layout="fixed-height" min-font-size="6" max-font-size="72" height="80">We live in a world where corruption and dishonesty are qualities of many leaders of countries. Why should the law obeying citizens be watched and recorded when the real criminals walk the streets like they own them. We live in a world where corruption and dishonesty are qualities of many leaders of countries. Why should the law obeying citizens be watched and recorded when the real criminals walk the streets like they own them.

We are people. People have rights! Governments need to learn to respect the rights of its people! We will not allow lives to step into a dystopian world where our every move depends on others.

Published by Fathiyah

Hey there. My name is Fathiyah. I love to reading, writing and discovering new things!

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