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COMMERCE 2KA3 Chapter Notes - Chapter 4: Canadian Information Processing Society, Canadian Medical Association, Canadian Bar Association


Department
Commerce
Course Code
COMMERCE 2KA3
Professor
A L I R M O N T A Z E M I
Chapter
4

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Commerce 2KA3
Chapter 4: Social, Ethical, and Legal Issues in the Digital Firm
The growing use of behavioural targeting techniques can be a double edged sword (by
showing you ads relevant to you interests), but it can also create new opportunities for
invading your privacy and enabling reckless use of that information in a variety of
decisions about you.
In today’s current legal environment, managers who violate the law and are convicted will
most likely spend time in prison. Although business firms would in the past often pay for
legal defence of their employees enmeshed in civil charges and criminal investigations,
firms are now encouraged to cooperate with prosecutes to reduce charges against the
entire firm for obstructing investigations
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Five Moral Dimensions of the Information Age
Information rights and obligations: What information rights do individuals and
organizations posses with respect to themselves? What can they protect?
Property rights and obligations: How can traditional intellectual property rights be
protected in digital society in which tracing and accounting for ownership are difficult and
ignoring such property rights is so easy?
Accountability and Control: who can and will be held accountable for harm done to
individual and collective information and property rights?
System quality: what standards of data and system quality should we demand to protect
individual rights and the safety of society
Quality of Life: what values should be preserved in an information- and knowledge based
society? Which intuitions should we protect from violation/ Which cultural values and
practices are supported by the new information technology?
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