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  • 1Running Head: Legal and Ethical Issues Associated with Modern Technologies Legal and Ethical Issues Associated with Modern Technologies Alexander Germosen AET 531/Technology For The Adult October 08th, 2012 Professor Danene Mims
  • 2Running Head: Legal and Ethical Issues Associated with Modern Technologies Legal and Ethical Issues Associated with Modern Technologies On my technology advance proposal, I thought of the idea of expanding HTC phonecoverage for University of Phoenix (UOP) students. This proposal would allow HTC students touse the University of Phoenix application on their phone. This will allow HTC Smartphonecarriers to take advantages of the many UOP tools such as e-mailing, chatting, group discussion,and complete work assignments. I strongly believe that many HTC users such as me wouldbenefit from having the opportunity to use the UOP online application. Many privacy policies are currently being written or amended to regulate the appropriateuse and practice of information technology tools and the internet. Many organizations mustabide by these rules or laws. Some of these privacy policies are: The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) is a law that gives you the right to accessinformation from the federal government. It is often described as the law that keeps citizens inthe know about their government. Privacy Act of 1974 and amended in 1988. This act regulates public and privateentities on the use of personal and public related information. It also stipulates the rights forindividual to protect his or her personal information. Consumer Privacy Act. This is a very hot topic these days because of the feasibility ofusing the internet to purchase items and share information. One of the top priority issue andobjectives include setting limits on government access to personal information and ensuring thatnew information and communication technologies are designed in ways that protect rather thandiminish privacy. Still federal regulations are not quite clear when developing baseline standardsfor consumer privacy.
  • 3Running Head: Legal and Ethical Issues Associated with Modern Technologies Legal and Ethical Issues Associated with Modern Technologies Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA): Is a federal law enacted by congress inearly 2001 to regulate access to offensive content over the internet on school and librarycomputers. The act establishes protection measures such as block or filter Internet access topictures that are obscene, child pornography, and harmful to minors. Some of the legal or copyright reifications I can foresee when implementing or givingaccess to University of Phoenix students is data usage and data ownership of communication e-mails through the Smartphone. The legal question has to do with data usage and who will beresponsible for data usage costs. The University of Phoenix must make it very clear on itsprivacy policy the usage of internet data usage while online learning. Most Smart phone carrieroffer limited data usage plans, and consumers are charge heavily when they exceed this data planusage limit. The question is whether or not the University of Phoenix is responsible for the overusage of the student’s data plan. The University of Phoenix must add into its online privacypolicy a clause about the University of Phoenix HTC application and data usage responsibility.
  • 4Running Head: Legal and Ethical Issues Associated with Modern Technologies Legal and Ethical Issues Associated with Modern TechnologiesThe other legal aspect with regards to online usage and Smartphone has to do with ownership ofdata. Data ownership is a legal matter that has not been clarified hen students use phone oandother devices that stored them. Smartphones have the same capabilities and functionalities as apersonal computer or laptop computer (email messages, rolodex, documents filings, andspreadsheets, etc.) In the private business industry, data ownership is crucial because businesseswants to protect the confidentiality personal data of their customers. The University of Phoenixis also responsible for protecting the data and personal information stored in their server andcomputers. The question is if learners have any ownership over their own data. Or will theuniversity of Phoenix claim that this is owned by the University and cannot be shared,distributed, or returned to its respective authors or owners. There are some Smartphone modelsfor which you can select and enforce encryption of the data stored on them.Acceptable Use Policy: Employees should note that any data and information shared or stored on the system server or personal phones will not be deemed personal or private. All communication and information transmitted by, received from or stored in these systems are the property of the University of Phoenix and, as such, are intended to be used for educational related purposes only.
  • 5Running Head: Legal and Ethical Issues Associated with Modern Technologies References.http://www.axi.ca/tca/nov2004/policiesandpractices_2.shtmlhttp://www.fcc.gov/guides/childrens-internet-protection-acthttp://www.justice.gov/opcl/privstat.htmhttp://www.techrepublic.com/blog/smartphones/legal-considerations-regarding-smartphone-use for-business/2481