Everyone has the right to privacy. Do you? It all depends on whom you ask and who wants to know. Jot down all the numbers that are used to describe you; start with these: social security number, street address and postal code, driver’s license ID number, telephone number, e-mail account and fax numbers, banks account numbers and personal identification number for banking machines, credit card account number, health insurance number, medical records numbers at your doctor’s and dentist’s office and any clinic or hospital you’ve ever visited. And that’s just the beginning.
Ethics is a branch of philosophy which seeks to address questions about morality; that is, about concepts such as good and bad, the noble and the ignoble, right and wrong, etc
Ethics is a set of moral principles that govern the behavior of a group or individual. Therefore, computer ethics is set of moral principles that are the use of computing. Some common issues of computer ethics include Intellectual property rights, privacy concerns, and how computers affect society. One problem is that many domains are being bought and sold to the highest bidder. For example, recently many people are purposely buying up company names and selling them to those companies at incredible prices.
There has been a virtual explosion of methods for collecting, storing, sharing-even stealing- personal information about you. Personal information has become more important in transacting business, and it’s available to many people and organization. They can look at it when it’s time to evaluate you for a credit card, auto loan, life insurance, an apartment or mortgage, even a job!
New technologies are providing us with a new range of opportunities. Everything is available to us from our homes: we can do research in libraries; we can do our shopping and banking through the television or the computer; we can watch a recent feature film by dialing up the “pay per view” channel; and we can even join conversation on the internet. There is, however, a downside to the information society. Every purchase you make using a credit card, every phone call you make and every e-mail message you send and leaves digital trail. This trail can be picked up by sophisticated computers (which can access information about your lifestyle, your consumer choices, and you credit rating). There is a pervasive sense that personal privacy is under siege from range of technological, commercial, and social threats.
In 1995, Ekos Research Associates Inc. released a survey of 3,000 Canadian households called Privacy Revealed: The Canadian Privacy Survey. The survey results showed that 92 percent of Canadians felt at least “moderate” levels of concern about personal privacy, while 52 percent expressed “extreme” concern. There is a pervasive sense that personal privacy is under siege from a wide range of technological, commercial, and social threats. You may be amazed to learn how much information of you is on file at places like your state’s Department of MotorVehicles and social Security Administration....