Module 1 Case Assignment
ETH301: Business Ethics
Dr. Robert Wright
23 May 2012
On November 13, 2004 Justin Ellsworth gave his life while serving his country as a marine. While in the service, his job was to locate and destroy bombs. The day of his death, he came across a bomb with his metal detector and realized there were no wires attached. With further investigation he realized the detonator was a cell phone, but by then it was too late. Justin saved 10 lives that day by warning them of the device, but couldn’t save his own. After Justin’s death, his family wanted to get access to his personal information to include his Yahoo! email account. They wanted to be able to see his last words and thoughts that Justin may have sent out through emails, maybe to a friend or significant other. However, Yahoo! refused to grant them access. In this paper I will discuss why I think Yahoo! did the right thing by granting Justin’s parents access, and will go over the utilitarian and deontological views of the case.
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