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Employee Software Ethics

First problem

Initial Post Instructions

The prevalence of computer devices, both stationary and mobile, with personally identifiable location-based information is a top marketing tool for many businesses. Please discuss the ethical obligations a company has to its consumers in the use of consumers' social media, location based information, e-mail and data. Please apply ethical philosophies to identify a company's ethical responsibilities to the risks inherent in failure to envision the future cultural attitudes toward data protection.

Secondary Post Instructions

While responding to your peers, address the following quesitons:
• What legal risks do companies face in failing to deal with personal information in its system?
• What processes should companies institute to create privacy policies, and manage its continuing needs in encryption of its date?
• What employment processes should a company institute in order to insure that employee misuse of date be minimized?

Second problem

Initial Post Instructions
Some businesses are involved in creating software that is based in hi-tech surveillance. Some of this software can be installed on another person's cell phone or computer to track all communications. The software may then send call logs with text message to a private email or web link for the customer's knowledge. Some software tracks information from social websites, such as Facebook.

If a company develops this type of technology-based software, what ethical issues are involved? Please apply ethical philosophies to this situation to determine the ethical issues and the consequences that can occur to a company creating this type of product. How far can a company go in this direction without crossing the line?
Secondary Post Instructions

While responding to your peers, address to the following quesitons:
• What legal risks do companies face in creating this type of software?
• Do there exist legal reasons for this type of product?
• How can companies protect their civil liability from third parties that may be harmed by the company's consumer use of this software?
• Should government regulate this type of software?

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Ethical Problem 1

• What legal risks do companies face in failing to deal with personal information in its system?
***Such a company has the legal obligation to protect the privacy rights of its clients. If company knowingly cell classified information without acknowledging its clients it could face very steep ethical and legal implications.

• What processes should companies institute to create privacy policies, and manage its continuing needs in encryption of its date?
***Companies should utilize due diligence in protecting the privacy rights of its clients. If I patronize you, I should not have to worry about my information getting to a ...

Solution Summary

Employee software ethics are examined.

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