Ethical issues in the areas of copyright infringement and intellectual property rights are consuming the e-business world
Technology makes it extremely easy to copy everything digital!
Ethics in the Information Age
As a result, several technology-related issues arise! Intellectual Property Intangible creative work that is embodied in physical form Copyright The legal protection afforded an expression of an idea Fair Use Doctrine In certain situations, its legal to use copyrighted material Pirated Software Unauthorized use, duplication, distribution, or sale of copyrighted software Counterfeit Software Software that is manufactured to look like the real thing and sold as such
Information has no ethics. Information does not care how it is used. It will not stop itself from spamming customers, sharing itself (sensitive or not), or revealing details to third parties, information cannot delete or restore itself
Therefore it is the responsibility of those who own or manage information to develop ethical use policies / guidelines
Users must agree to follow in order to have access to a network or the Internet.
AUPs are common for most business and educational facilities
Details the extent to which email messages may be read by others
Internet Use Policy: contains general principles to guide the proper use of the Internet at work; this limits access to certain categories of websites, why the Internet is available to employees (and why it is not!)
Anti-Spam Policy: employees can not send unsolicited emails.
Spam by estimates accounts for 40-60% of most organizations email traffic
Spam clog e-mail systems and siphons IT resources away from legitimate business projects