Legal & Ethical Issues for It Practitioners

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Legal and Ethical Issues for IT Practitioners
Brandy L. Spinks
Business 670
Dr. Stephens
December 20, 2010

Legal and Ethical Issues for IT Practitioners

For ages thinkers have written hundreds of books in an effort to understand, explain, categorize, and label moral, immoral, an amoral human behavior and the rationales behind our actions. Yet, there still is not a universally accepted way of analyzing ethical situations (Hatcher & Aragon, 2000) and ethical issues are not a favored topic for discussion in public arenas or private conversations (McDowell, 2000). However, as a society we do feel that people should be supportive, trustworthy, and fair in their work and dealings with each other. We expect from others and from
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Honesty is an essential component of trust. Without trust an organization cannot function effectively. The honest IT practitioner will not make deliberately false or deceptive claims about a system or system design, but will instead provide full disclosure of all pertinent system limitations and problems.
The principle of honesty extends to issues of confidentiality of information whenever one has made an explicit promise to honor confidentiality or, implicitly, when private information not directly related to the performance of one's duties becomes available. McDowell says in his book, Ethics and Excuses, that the ethical concern is to respect all obligations of confidentiality to employers, clients, and users unless discharged from such obligations by requirements of the law or other principles of this Code (2000).
Wolf wrote in his book, Moral Freedom, that the individual must be fair and take action not to discriminate (2001). The values of equality, tolerance, respect for others, and the principles of equal justice govern this imperative. Discrimination on the basis of race, sex, religion, age, disability, national origin, or other such factors is an explicit violation of IT ethics and will not be tolerated.
Inequities between different groups of people may result from the use or misuse of Information and technology. In a fair society,
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