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Lesson 2

  1. 1. UNDERSTANDING ISSUES Unit 2RELATING TO THE USE OF Ethical Issues INFORMATION
  2. 2. ETHICALEthical“Generally accepted type of behaviour”
  3. 3. LEGISLATIONCodes of ConductUse of email and internetWhistle blowingInformation ownership
  4. 4. CODES OF CONDUCT All organisations have a code of conduct relating to the use of IT. They are guidelines to what is acceptable behaviour within the organisation. In college we have an Acceptable Use Policy. These policies are all very similar in nature with some being stricter than others.
  5. 5. EMAIL AND INTERNET Email and internet should be used for business purposes only. Staff should not send personal email during working hours. Staff should not surf the internet for non business purposes. Some organisations allow limited personal use during breaks.
  6. 6. WHISTLE BLOWING If a person reports a colleague for inappropriate use of the internet or email it is called whistle blowing. If they fail to inform the employer you are seen to be an accomplice. Staff who report a colleague are protected by the company Code of Practice Technical staff who detect inappropriate use are also protected.
  7. 7. INFORMATION OWNERSHIP Some organisations have an Information Ownership Policy which gives specific responsibility to departments for looking after the data they hold. Generally those responsible for the information must ensure that it is up-to-date and correct, reference any copyright materials and provide contact information if required. In some cases staff will be asked so sign a Non Disclosure Agreement so they are not allowed to pass on information about the organisation, its practices and any individuals employed there.
  8. 8. YOUR TASK Investigate Codes of Conduct such as The Open University – Write a report detailing what is held in a code of conduct and why there is a need for such a code. EXTENSION: Compare the various legal and ethical issues and how they affect an organisation. Which are more important and why? How do they protect the individuals and the organisation

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