Being Watched: Ethical Issues on Privacy in Life

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TEP1281: ETHICS AND PROFESSIONAL CONDUCT

Being Watched: Ethical Issues on Privacy in Life
TC203
Abzal Kalimbetov Aashini Shah Azmil Hakim Pramata Tausik Nur Dayana Ayuni Bt. Nur Rashidi Mohd Zuhaili Bin Mohd Suhaini 1092700423 1091103635 1101110738 1071118536 1101109183 1091105283

[This study investigates the ethical issues on privacy in life among students and lecturers at Multimedia University (MMU).]

Being Watched: Ethical Issues on Privacy in Life
TEP1281: ETHICS AND PROFESSIONAL CONDUCT Group: TC203
Azmil Hakim azmilhakim11@yahoo.com multimedia university, cyberjaya Abzal Kalimbetov multimedia university, cyberjaya abzalkalimbetov@gmail.com Pramata Tausik multimedia university, cyberjaya bagusamir@gmail.com Aashini Shah multimedia university, cyberjaya

Mohd Zuhaili mohd.zuhaili@gmail.com
multimedia university, cyberjaya Nur Dayana dayana_nini@yahoo.com multimedia university, cyberjaya

aashini279@hotmail.com

Abstract
This study investigates the ethical issues on privacy in life among students and lecturers at Multimedia University (MMU). A combination of fifty students and lecturers were asked to evaluate the ethical issues on privacy in life. A survey has been made to make a comparison of each individual response towards the privacy issues. This is to determine the ethical impact relates to accessibility or inaccessibility and the manipulation of information. Certain kind of information about individuals, which was once difficult to find is now readily accessible and collectible through the use of automated search facilities on the Internet. This facility is called search engines. The results of the survey conducted indicate the ethical issues on privacy in life regarding the networking issues. All students and lecturers from difference gender, age, are being selected randomly in this survey. The results are discussed and the implications of study regarding privacy issues are being outlined.

Introduction
Although technology has a major impact on the gathering, storage, retrieval and dissemination of information its main ethical impact relates to accessibility/inaccessibility and the manipulation of information. It creates the possibility of wider as well as simultaneous access to information. By implication, it becomes easier to access a person's private information by more people.

Being Watched: Ethical Issues on Privacy in Life

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The problems include examples such as electronic monitoring, the interception and reading of E-mail messages, the merging of databases which contains personal information. Certain kind of information about individuals, which was once difficult to find is now readily accessible and collectible through the use of automated search facilities on the Internet. This facility is called search engines. With its convenience, a user can now easily enter a keyword that he or she wants to obtain information of, and get various results within a matter of seconds. Now, this is probably mankind greatest inventions that serve a lot of people and help gaining information easier without having to put much effort but it sure does raise a critical question which is, can this very means of convenience be turned against a user? Or how can we ensure whether or not there exists malicious intent of some individuals that would turn one of the greatest creations of humanity into something that could give him or her leverage to fulfil their intentions? Since we know that Internet is not one network but rather, many, it is safe to assume that gaining information about an individual is highly likely given the fact that a lot of people in this day and age have at least enclosed their personal information on the internet whether deliberately or unintentionally. Also, of course the internet is global and once you have agreed or unintentionally agreed to share your information into the world web, it is considered to be in your own risk but how does one ensure that all of his private...
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