06 October 2014
Computer Science As it always be defined, Computer Science is the systematic study that deals with the theory and methods of processing information in digital computers, the design of devices hardware and software, and the applications runned by the operating system. Although the fact that made it the most sophisticated technology since the industrial revolution, some social and ethical issues need attention from the software developers. Computer technology is doubleedged sword, it is either positive and negative in some cases because of the social impact that it brought in our society. Many cases have been subjects of eternal debates, the main one is privacy. A loss of privacy is one of the social issue that we have been dealing with during these 10 past years. For example, the positive and negative side of cameras all around us used to check on our daily activities, this could be good for our safety but can also be bad because it violate somebody's private life. Firstly, individual’s personal data can be tracked and gained through databases, spyware and cookies, which give providers wider chances to access personal information. The WWW servers can create extensive log of the users who are accessing the web. It is even possible to record the address of the user and the previous address from where the user connected to the web service. Service providers can then collect and analyse these information to generate commercial market reports. Searching engines like Google and Yahoo store users’ personal data’s for years, some information is used for commercial purpose. It is said that Google filters its users’ emails to provide them with targeted advertisement. To show constraints, Google
currently announced that they plan to partially delete the IP addresses after 18 months and ...
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