Lecture 5 - eHandout Business & Professional Ethics...

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e Handout Lecture 5 Dr. David E. McClean – 1 This lecture will address issues surrounding privacy, privacy rights and privacy in the workplace What is privacy? Why do we speak of a “right” to privacy? Why is privacy so important? Answers to all of these questions are sketched out in the course texts, but I have always found it useful to drive home the point with reference to professor and legal scholar Jeffrey Rosen’s discussion of privacy in his book The Unwanted Gaze: The Destruction of Privacy in America ( Random House, 2000). This review of the book, by Vince Juliano, really does a good job of framing the critical value of privacy rights, and I [read it] insert it here at length: 1 Suppose the items in the following paragraph are all true. I stole a gun from a neighbor. I led a demonstration in favor of Mao Tse-tung. I was dismissed from a public library because of taking part in a fight. If that were all that you knew about me, you might conclude that a dangerous character like me did not belong out on the street. Let us put into the context of my life all of the items in the second paragraph. At age five, I slipped a playmate's toy pistol into my pocket and took it home with me. When my mother saw me with someone else's property, she gave me a lecture that has stayed with me to this day. She sent me back to the neighbor's house to return the loot and to apologize. The "fight" at the library took place when I was twelve or thirteen. A friend and I took a break from our homework. The break deteriorated into good-natured rough-housing. An alert librarian "dismissed" us from the building before we could get into real trouble. 1 ( http://www.ctlibraryassociation.org/lookbooks/reviews/gaze.html )
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e Handout Lecture 5 Dr. David E. McClean – 2 I was an adult when I did the Mao thing. My ninth grade students thought that China and the Cultural Revolution were boring and stupid, like everything else in school. They needed to experience a cultural revolution first-hand. I had them use their class notes and textbooks to design posters and chants for a Maoist demonstration. It worked! In spite of themselves, they got excited about the mock rally and learned a thing or two about Chinese history and politics. You're thinking maybe I don't need to be locked up after all--that those statements in paragraph two, while true, did not really tell the whole truth. Knowing about only a single event or two from a person's life is not the same as knowing the person. Privacy prevents strangers from making assumptions about us based on isolated
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