Citizens should expect the same level of rights online as they do in person. However, the Founding Fathers did not likely conceive of a digital world when framing the Constitution. I believe that people should have the right to expect the highest level of privacy and security of their private information, and they should have the right to have to give their permission for their information to be used in any way other than the intended, specific purpose for which it was given. With the proliferation of questionable news sources and stories, citizens should have the right to know the origin of information they read online and whether the creator follows some basic guidelines to be considered “news”. I am in favor of freedom, but the Internet cannot be the Wild West of information. Also, citizens should have freedom of speech and expression that mirrors their rights on the streets of America.
We need to invest in responsibilities to enjoy the rights. People should not distribute their information freely, and only to sites they know to be secure. They should regularly check their records, and contact the company or law enforcement if they suspect something is wrong. As we see lately, you have freedom of speech, but you do not have freedom from the consequences of that speech. Once you post, you cannot take it back, and it will follow you forever. We warn our student-athletes about this constantly. We also have the responsibility to critically question the news and websites we visit.