Give your assessment of the following statement. Business is abusing its power with respect to invasion of privacy of both consumers and employees. What particular surveillance practice do you think is the most ethically questionable?© BrainMass Inc. brainmass.com October 24, 2018, 11:36 pm ad1c9bdddf
1. Give your assessment of the following statement. Business is abusing its power with respect to invasion of privacy of both consumers and employees. What particular surveillance practice do you think is the most ethically questionable?
This statement can be argued from both positions (agree or disagree), while others think some surveillance is necessary and appropriate, while other methods go too far and are an invasion of privacy for both the consumer and employees. In other words, people assess this statement from either vantage points, some argue that the employer has every right to keep an eye on the employees since they are paying them to work for them, not to e-mail friends, search the Internet, chat or go into Facebook, YouTube or play games on the computer, like many employees do. I agree. Do you?
In fact, monitoring what employees do online is increasingly common, if not routine. A 2005 study by the American Management Association of some 500 companies in the U.S. has reported some interesting facts. Of the 500 companies in the study, a quarter had fired staff for inappropriate web surfing and e-mail use. According to Adam Schran, CEO of Internet optimization software maker Ascentive LLC, the reason employers need to pay attention where workers are going online is to keep communications pipelines flowing. "The biggest thing that we've seen is, it bogs down the infrastructure," he said, listing sites like YouTube and BitTorrent as major contributors. "We've had companies who buy our software, and very quickly, their bandwidth usage has plummeted," he continued. "Previously, they had massive amounts of YouTube usage. With our application, they didn't have that anymore." (http://www.novascotiabusinessjournal.com/index.cfm?sid=133059&sc=107)
The reasons that employees give for surveillance of employees vary, ranging from a desire to increase productivity, to the need to protect company data and hardware from viruses and hackers, and also to lessen potential liability and litigation. In the last ...
This solution assesses the following statement: Business is abusing its power with respect to invasion of privacy of both consumers and employees and also discusses the particular surveillance practice that seems to be the most ethically questionable. Supplemented with an informative article on on-line surveillance.
LAW AND ETHICS
1.Judge Weiner points out that Smyth's e-mail messages were "voluntarily" placed on the Pillsbury system, and that Pillsbury never forced the kind of disclosure that goes along with urine testing for drugs, for example. In a sense, the judge is saying that Smyth consented to the monitoring. Do you agree?
2.What impact has 9/11 had on one's individual right to privacy? Has this impact been a positive or a negative for society?
3.Hi-tech surveillance is not soley directed by employers at workers. American businesses have always been interested in capturing confidential information and trade secrets from competitors. How far can a company go in this direction without crossing the line?
4.Try to image yourself in Albany as this New York law was being debated. What policy issues might have been raised in favor of passing the law? Against?( question 2. state of new york against Walmart. ATTACHED IS THE LINK:http://books.google.fr/books?id=HejmJSrzGK8C&pg=PA95&lpg=PA95&dq=in+february+1993,+defendant+discharged+two+of+its+employees&source=bl&ots=bq96YvWRqd&sig=2vVTskQsZAN6u0efvTF5waxuc1Y&hl=fr&ei=Rn1uToi_MIbx0gHpmdCJBQ&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=3&sqi=2&ved=0CCkQ6AEwAg#v=onepage&q=in%20february%201993%2C%20defendant%20discharged%20two%20of%20its%20employees&f=false
5.Do you agree that there should be a difference between the treatment of prospective as opposed to current employees where drug testing is concerned?
6.Why do you think employers are interested in the results of genetic testing of their employees? In addition, do you believe an employer should be able to require an employee to have a genetic test done as a condition of their employment? Why or why not?