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As a proud American, one takes great pride in the document that defines the United States of America. The constitution and its twenty seven amendments grant the people of America a strong foundation of domestic tranquility, liberty, justice and most importantly, prosperity. However just like any other foundation, our constitution is susceptible to the forces of time, nature and man itself. Ever since Washington took office, both conservatives and liberals have made their own interpretations as well as edits to this document with the prosperity of the people usually in their best interests. However, in the heat of current events, division has never been greater here at home, and different interpretations of our constitution have only taken American interests a step further. When the Net was privatized by former president Bill Clinton and his administration, it proliferated globally as it had migrated farther away from government control — bringing freedom and prosperity to billions. It grew from a mere 88,000 users to more than 3 billion today, thus a critical component of the American economy. In fact, a recent Hudson Institute analysis estimated that the information, communications, and technology sector accounted for nearly 10 percent of the total growth of the U.S. economy from 2002 to 2007 accounting for around 400 billion dollars. Now while the Internet has taken America to new milestones of success, it also raises new concerns for maintaining the privacy of information. Thus, in the past the U.S government has issued policies that have had somewhat good intentions but have inflicted American’s privacy. In the federal case Bernstein vs U.S Dept. of Justice, it was evident that Americans believe in their right to exercise their first amendment and that government regulations would be unconstitutional. This proved that Americans prefer our privacy and savor the opportunities the internet gives us. In the light of current events however, our government has made attempts to interfere or regulate the internet. Edward Snowden, a traitor or patriot in the eye of man leaked out intelligence concerning the NSA combing and. This intelligence breach has led Americans to develop a sense of insecurity and distrust towards the US government. Additionally, Americans believe that this is a violation of their 4th amendment, stemming from the very document that defines our country. Moreover, the U.S. Federal Communications Commission(FCC) lead by Ajit Pei has proposed that the authority to “regulate the privacy practices of broadband Internet service providers”, which would only further affect the privacy and personal lives of everyday Americans. This would also take us further away from a democratic stance of neutrality and ultimately deny resources for the American people. Thus, in particular, federal policies should address Internet privacy problems in a manner in which they ensure national security but do not unduly harm our privacy and deny our constitutional rights. The 50 states have also playing a role in internet regulations. According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, twenty-six states have laws that apply to public schools and libraries. The majority of these states require school boards and public libraries to adopt Internet use policies to prevent minors from gaining access to sexually explicit, obscene or harmful materials. In December 2016, Bill Chumley, member of the South Carolina House of Representatives, introduced a bill that would require all computers to be sold with “digital blocking capabilities”and additional digital filters to achieve a similar goal. This again should only be with a customers consent and ultimately no one should take up for themselves to restrict or regulate one’s internet access. Additionally however, the Obama-era of Internet privacy protections have somewhat been abandoned by the current Trump Administration. President Trump repealed internet privacy rules passed last year by the FCC that placed limitations on Internet service providers’ (ISPs) selling customer data such as one’s geolocation, browser history and other personal data to third-parties. However, in response thirteen states across the United States “moved ahead with legislation to protect the data of their constituents.”(EIDAM) No states in the America should have the jurisdiction to be able to sell the data of their constituents and ultimately have a responsibility to protect the data and privacy of their constituents.The federal government leaves decisions about what to filter or block to local authorities. In 2014, the United States was added to Reporters Without Borders (RWB)’s list of “Enemies of the Internet”, a group of countries with the highest level of Internet censorship and surveillance. RWB stated that the U.S. ” has undermined confidence in the Internet and its own standards of security”. The key consensus of this report was that the U.S. and its people possess protection of freedom of speech and expression against federal, state, and local government censorship; a right protected by the First Amendment of the United States Constitution. Individuals with a passion for freedom and opportunity is what makes America great, and with the American government taking this away, America will only be a step further away from success. I quote I have always used is that the cabinet of the United States of America serves the President, but the President of the United States serves its people. In the current Trump administrations and the administrations to come, I hope our government can honor America’s privacy and more importantly the great American constitution.Works CitedAbbott, Alden. “The Federal Government’s Appropriate Role in Internet Privacy Regulation.”The Heritage Foundation, 27 Oct. 2016, www.heritage.org/report/the-federal-governments-appropriate-role-internet-privacy-regulation.Skorup, Brent. “A Truly ‘Open Internet’ Would Be Free of Burdensome FCC Regulation.”National Review, 5 May 2017, www.nationalreview.com/article/447354/fcc-net-neutrality-internet-freedom-best-protected-without-government-regulation.”Should the Government Regulate the Internet?” Bill of Rights Institute, www.billofrightsinstitute.org/conconnect/government-regulate-internet/.McDowell, Robert M. “This Is Why the Government Should Never Control the Internet.” The Washington Post, WP Company, 14 July 2014, www.washingtonpost.com/posteverything/wp/2014/07/14/this-is-why-the-government-should-never-control-the-internet/?utm_term=.52b53ce00724.Pan, Jennifer. “How Market Dynamics of Domestic and Foreign Social Media Firms Shape Strategies of Internet Censorship.” Problems of Post-Communism, vol. 64, no. 3-4, 2016, pp. 167–188., doi:10.1080/10758216.2016.1181525.Meek, Andy. “What Role Should the Government Play in Developing the Internet of Things?”The Guardian, Guardian News and Media, 14 Oct. 2015, www.theguardian.com/technology/2015/oct/14/government-regulation-internet-of-things.