BIS / 220
August 3, 2011
Information Technology Acts Paper
Today’s families are living in an age where technology plays a major role. One can expect to encounter different options when it comes to choosing a cable provider. In the paragraphs to come, we will discuss the Cable Communications Act of 1984. Fair Credit Reporting Act, 1970 will also be discussed when answering the question what were the advances in information technology that resulted in new ethical issues necessitating the creation of each act. The Cable Communication Act of 1984, at the time; was a new law that attempted to balance the friction between the FCC and the local government. Prior to this Act being introduced they were a constant struggle between both parties for dominance in the cable industry. This act were supposed to solve the previous ongoing problem of who, or what, should be able to exercise the most power over local cable operations. In other words what this act did was establish regulations for cable companies to follow. This meant that no individual cable company was exempt from the standard set forth by The Cable Communications Act. The act also protected cable operators from unfair denials of renewals from the different franchises. What was discovered by all when the smoke settles was that the act reduced any unnecessary regulation that could have very well brought about excessive burden on cable system. When talking about unnecessary burden, one mind may very well run on their Credit reports. The Fair Credit Reporting Act, 1970 (FCRA) was enacted to promote accuracy, fairness, and to protect ones personal information gathered by Credit Reporting Agencies. The advances in information technology that resulted in new ethical issues necessitating the creation of the FCRA, is today’s society has various access to their own and others personal information right from home. Prior to the FCRA, there was wide spread abuse in the...