"The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures..."
- The Constitution of the United States, Amendment 4
The Fourth Amendment is most commonly known as the amendment that gives us our constitutional right to privacy. It's the amendment that makes us feel safe. It makes sure that the government cannot simply march into our homes uninvited without following the right procedures, but what about private companies? Well, the Fourth Amendment may not apply to them in the same way it does to the police or government but private companies can't just come in uninvited either; however, you may be giving them more access to you than you realized once you agree to use a company's services. For example, Facebook announced a new AI program that would monitor the social media site for various patterns to detect if a user was suicidal and if so alert mental health resources and first-responders. This new program has the potential to save lives and if you are a Facebook user in the U.S. it is already monitoring your posts, pictures and videos. This has many people questioning, are we giving up to much of our right to privacy to private companies? What do you think? Let us know here.