1PrivacySecurityErgonomicsEnvironmental ProtectionPrivacyComputer ethics are guidelines for moral computer use. Four computer ethics issues are privacy, accuracy, property, and access.PrivacyLarge DatabasesLarge organizations are constantly compiling information about us. Reverse directories list telephone numbers followed by subscriber names. Information resellers (information brokers) collect and sell personal data. Electronic profiles are compiled from databases to provide highly detailed information about individuals.
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2PrivacyLarge Databases (cont.)Identity theft is the illegal assumption of someone’s identity for the purpose of economic gain. Mistaken identity occurs when an electronic profile of one person is switched with another. The Freedom of Information Act entitles individuals access to governmental records relating to them.PrivacyPrivate NetworksMany organizations monitor employee e-mail and computer files using special software called snoopware.PrivacyInternet and the WebMany people believe that, while using the Web, as long as they are selective about disclosing their name and other personal information, little can be done to invade their privacy. This is called the illusion of anonymity.