Case study 4
Problems in Computer World
1. How many of those commandments are being broken here?
These are the commandments they are written by the Computer Ethics Institute: 1. Thou shalt not use a computer to harm other people.
2. Thou shalt not interfere with other people's computer work. 3. Thou shalt not snoop around in other people's computer files. 4. Thou shalt not use a computer to steal.
5. Thou shalt not use a computer to bear false witness.
6. Thou shalt not copy or use proprietary software for which you have not paid. 7. Thou shalt not use other people's computer resources without authorization or proper compensation. 8. Thou shalt not appropriate other people's intellectual output. 9. Thou shalt think about the social consequences of the program you are writing or the system you are designing. 10. Thou shalt always use a computer in ways that ensure consideration and respect for your fellow humans. Most all the commandments were broken only number: six, nine and ten were not broken id the story but I belie Larry will or ready brooked them all.
2. Larry seems pretty happy with the prospect of selling those ‘slightly used’ hard drives at the flea market, but what happens if the information on them doesn’t get erased? Would computer World be liable here?
If the information doesn’t get erased from the hard drive all Mr Johnson personal information can get stolen and used on illegal activities and this is very unethical and unmoral from Larry. Computer World will be liable for Larry’s actions by Vicarious Liability – LAW (When a person is held responsible for the tort of another even though the person being held responsible may not have done anything wrong. This is often the case with employers who are held vicariously liable for the damages caused by their employees)
3. What should Steve do now?
First; Steve should be professional and act on his morals values, he should talk to Larry and...
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