ethics and information technology 2
1. Many states have passed legislation forbidding employers from demanding personal social networking credentials from their employees or job applicants. Congress is considering a federal law (H.R. 5107: Social Networking Online Protection Act) regarding the issue. What are some arguments for and against employers having access to personal social networking accounts (i.e. information that is not publicly available, but protected behind a password)? Which arguments do you, personally, agree with and why? Next, do you think hiring departments should use what they find on either public or personal social media to screen list of candidates? Why or why not? What philosophical schools of thought (from Weeks 1 and 2) are you using to come to your conclusions?
2. A business maintains a database containing the names of shoplifters. It distributes the list to stores that subscribe. Should such a service be illegal to protect privacy? Why?