Public Safety and Privacy Analytical Essay

Public Safety and Privacy
Looks at the issue of the invasion of personal privacy and the protection of the public.
# 128444 | 1,295 words | 9 sources | APA | 2010 | US
Published on Jul 23, 2010 in Law (Constitution) , Law (Historic Trials) , Criminology (Public and Crime)

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This paper first explains that the right to privacy does not appear in the U.S. Constitution, but the U.S. Supreme Court has said that several of its amendments create this right. Next, the author reviews laws of search and seizure and of surveillance as applied to the police, school officials and security personnel. The paper notes that video surveillance cameras provide security and hard evidence; however, the use of such cameras has raised a great deal of legal debate.

Table of Contents:
Law of Search and Seizure by Police
Law of Surveillance by Police, School Officials and Security Personnel

From the Paper:

"Surveillance is utilized by law enforcement as a tool to fight crime, but there is much controversy. Law enforcement must have approval from the court to gain access to communication by use of wiretaps, and phone tracers. In 1968 Congress implemented the Communication Act, as a means to balance personal rights and public interest, which established statues on wiretapping. ...
"Police must have probable cause and show proof that regular investigative techniques cannot produce a better result than using surveillance methods."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • (1999) "Advantages of Surveillance Cameras in Schools" Retrieved May 27, 2010 from
  • Colbridge, Thomas D., (2000) "Electronic Surveillance: A Matter of Necessity" The FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin pp.1-10 Retrieved May 27, 2010
  • Hoffman, Dennis (2005) "Police Powers and Citizens' Rights" Criminal Justice Retrieved May 27, 2010
  • Martin, John P. (2010) "Lower Merion schools: Number of webcam photos" Philly News Retrieved May 27, 2010 from
  • Pollick, Michael (2010) "What is Invasion of Privacy?"WiseGeek Retrieved May 27, 2010 from

Cite this Analytical Essay:

APA Format

Public Safety and Privacy (2010, July 23) Retrieved May 27, 2023, from

MLA Format

"Public Safety and Privacy" 23 July 2010. Web. 27 May. 2023. <>