In the United States, the Patriot Act, which was passed after 9/11 in an effort to "protect" Americans, had some fine print that was overlooked. One example of this is that heretofore the FBI could not access anyone's computer files, etc. without justificable cause; now, however, it is only necessary to suspect someone of illegal activities for the FBI to tap into a computer. Public libraries, which fought against the relative section of the Patriot Act as an invasion of the First Amendment, may have their computer files checked at any time, as well. In fact, there are presently security cameras in the computer areas that videotape everthing as well as recording any conversations. Another abuse of freedom is the Patriot Act rests in its ability to indefinitely detain immigrants. Also, a result of this act, restrictions in air travel have limited some freedoms of people; for example, having to be searched and being prohibited in carrying water, more than 1.5 ounces in containers, etc.
Gun control laws differ from state to state. There was an attempt in Washington,D.C., to outlaw the ownership of a gun, but the Sumpreme Court overruled this because of the SecondAmendment.Still, in some states there is arestriction ofpeople's freedom to carry a gun in their car even if they have a permit to do so from another state. Other states have laws against talking on a cell phone while driving. The forced wearing of seat belts is also a restriction on people's act of choice. And, the new Hate Crime law can become an abuse of one's freedom of speech if interpreted subjectively. There is, indeed, fear among many that certain groups will manipulate this law to their advantage. Even the law against driving under the influence has abused some people's freedoms as some people are certainly inebriated after only one drink while others have a greater tolerance of alcohol. In addition, while hunting laws are needed many times, the argument can be made that they restrict people's freedoms.
Right to Carry Firearms laws increase a person's freedom, enabling a person the opportunity to protect himself/herself if life is threatened. Likewise, in some states, there is a law that protects people whose home is broken into. They cannot be convicted of murder if an unknown thief has crossed the threshold and invaded their home.
Laws such as those that make it a crime to murder someone are certainly ones that protect people's freedoms. To assist in the protection of personal freedome, the American Civil Liberties Union [ACLU]works hard to protect people's freedom of speech, choice, etc.