Volume 4, Number 83
September 26, 2006
Alan R. Peslak
Abstract: One of the most important topics in modern information technology today is the impact of privacy ethics and laws on the design, development, and implementation of information systems and databases, including Internet and electronic commerce websites. Unfortunately, the ethical and legal issues associated with this important topic are rarely addressed formally in information systems or sciences education. This paper presents an overview of the major issues associated with information privacy, suggests relevant sources for instructional content, and develops a series of pedagogical exercises that can be used to instill in current students the key issues associated with the ethical construct of privacy. The background of privacy rights are reviewed as well as legal and regulatory implementations both in the US and internationally. As an example of a specific current technology privacy issue, radio frequency identification is discussed including its privacy ramifications. The report concludes with a call for others to participate in implementation of this important technology component as proposed by many including the 2002 model IS curriculum.
Keywords: privacy, information technology ethics, ethics, electronic commerce
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Recommended Citation: Peslak (2006). Privacy Primer: An Ethical Review in an Information Systems and Technology Curriculum. Information Systems Education Journal, 4 (83). http://isedj.org/4/83/. ISSN: 1545-679X. (A preliminary version appears in The Proceedings of ISECON 2005: §3542. ISSN: 1542-7382.)