Mass surveillance is a well-discussed topic and is the practice of monitoring large specific groups of people or an entire population.
Anything from email interceptions and CCTV monitoring, to computer hacking and wiretapping, is considered as mass surveillance and is often performed by corporations, occasionally on the behalf of the government.
That leads us to the big question; can mass surveillance be justified?
Mass surveillance obstructs people of their fundamental right to privacy. Privacy involves being free from unwanted attention or disturbance into our lives, which is, in fact, essential for the human race to have personal freedom, dignity, and identity.
When corporations such as FBI or NSA, government included, can monitor intimate information from our personal lives without restriction it weakens our sense of personal freedom and decreases people's loyalty towards the government.
On the other hand, mass surveillance has now and again been abused and used by various governments to let go of political activists and trade unions.
The development of the internet has increased tremendously the last few years, although it is easier for human beings to communicate with friends and access data worldwide, it is now a greater risk of having our sensitive information violated and exploited...
In that order, there is no guarantee that your vote is not violated or tampered with under the election or similar occasions – resulting in the possibility of attracting political activists being defeated by less attractive political activists employing cheating.
Mass surveillance could, of course, be used for the positive, identify and detect terrorists or criminals before and after the damage is done – prevent and protect.
It is well known that mass surveillance is used in that area, to control the population, fight terrorism, prevent crime and social unrest.