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What would be some topics in a corporation's eBusiness Code of Ethics. Provide a sample and an article that discusses the importance.

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What would be some topics in a corporation's eBusiness Code of Ethics?

Privacy and Intellectual Property provides an up-to-date discussion of the main ethical issues that face today's information-intensive society, including the areas of intellectual property rights, privacy, accessibility and censorship. The explosive growth of information technology, increased competition in the global marketplace, and the rush to use information in an effort to protect society from terrorism has led to the unintended erosion of rights and duties that are often considered fundamental.

There are many books that provide the reader with a thorough overview of the current state of Information Ethics, the dangers and opportunities presented by information technology, and potential solutions to the risks currently faced by today's information society.

Whether your company needs to safeguard customers' personal information, or keep e-intruders from accessing company secrets, your organization must have an effective, organization-wide privacy plan.

A RESOURCE: NET PRIVACY shows you how to design and implement one. Authors Michael Erbschloe and John Vacca, two acknowledged experts on the subject, explore in-depth the key privacy issues that lead to the breakdown of e-businesses. Then they walk you through the steps necessary for developing, implementing, and managing a proven enterprise privacy plan. You get clear, accessible explanations of the technology involved -- plus proven techniques for measuring the plan's success.

The following are topics covered in the resource (book) I mentioned above:

? Threat of Privacy and Corporate Vulnerability
? The Nature of Privacy Problems
? The Regulatory and Legislative Environment
? Organizing to Protect Privacy
? Conducting a Privacy-Needs Audit
? Evaluating Technology Needs for Privacy Protection
? Developing a Privacy Plan
? Managing Privacy on your Web Site
? Managing Privacy on Internet Supply Chains
? Managing Privacy Efforts over the Long-term
? Protecting the Privacy Efforts over the Long-term
? Protecting the Privacy of Storage and Processing
? Protecting the Privacy of Corporate Communications
? Protecting Corporate Desktop Privacy
? Protecting the Privacy of Remote Access and Telecommuters
? The Future of Privacy Management

Here is a SAMPLE OF A CODE OF ETHICS

[Company Name] will conduct its business honestly and ethically wherever we operate in the world. We will constantly improve the quality of our services, products and operations and will create a reputation for honesty, fairness, respect, responsibility, integrity, trust and sound business judgment. No illegal or unethical conduct on the part of officers, directors, employees or affiliates is in the company's best interest. [Company Name] will not compromise its principles for short-term advantage. The ethical performance of this company is the sum of the ethics of the men and women who work here. Thus, we are all expected to adhere to high standards of personal integrity.
Officers, directors, and employees of the company must never permit their personal interests to conflict, or appear to conflict, with the interests of the company, its clients or affiliates. Officers, directors and employees must be particularly careful to avoid representing [Company Name] in any transaction with others with whom there is any outside business affiliation or relationship. Officers, directors, and employees shall avoid using their company contacts to advance their private business or personal interests at the expense of the company, its clients or affiliates.
No bribes, kickbacks or other similar remuneration or consideration shall be given to any person or organization in order to attract or influence business activity. Officers, directors and employees shall avoid gifts, gratuities, fees, bonuses or excessive entertainment, in order to attract or influence business activity.
Officers, directors and employees of [Company Name] will often come into contact with, or have possession of, proprietary, confidential or business-sensitive information and must take appropriate steps to assure that such information is strictly safeguarded. This information?whether it is on behalf of our company or any of our clients or affiliates?could include strategic business plans, operating results, marketing strategies, customer lists, personnel records, upcoming acquisitions and divestitures, new investments, and manufacturing costs, processes and methods. Proprietary, confidential and sensitive business information about this company, other companies, individuals and entities should be treated with sensitivity and discretion and only be disseminated on a need-to-know basis.
Misuse of material inside information in connection with trading in the company's securities can expose an individual to civil liability and penalties under the Securities Exchange Act. Under this Act, directors, officers, and employees in possession of material information not available to the public are "insiders." Spouses, friends, suppliers, brokers, and others outside the company who may have acquired the information directly or indirectly from a director, officer or employee are also "insiders." The Act prohibits insiders from trading in, or recommending the sale or purchase of, the company's securities, while such inside information is regarded as "material", or if it is important enough to influence you or any other person in the purchase or sale of securities of any company with which we do business, which could be affected by the inside information. The following guidelines should be followed in dealing with inside information:
? Until the material information has been publicly released by the company, an employee must not disclose it to anyone except those within the company whose positions require use of the information.
? Employees must not buy or sell the company's securities when they have knowledge of material information concerning the company until it has been disclosed to the public and the public has had sufficient time to absorb the ...

Solution Summary

The solution presents a list of topics that focus on code of ethics, an example of a written code of ethics as well as an article that discusses the importance of ethics, especially now that IT has taken a central role in doing business.

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