Should privacy and digital ethics responsibilities be a shared burden among society?

Introduction:

There is a concept known as corporate social responsibility (CSR) that is strategically used to enhance a business image in the corporate world, thus increasing its profits. With the increasing use of technology to maintain communication, digital communications ethical concerns regarding privacy have become an issue. Carole Cadwalladr mentioned in her Ted Talk video; Facebook has allowed companies to target easily persuadable individuals with disinformation that has jeopardized our privacy and democracy. Additionally, with the response to COVID-19, the greater need for technology has shown the drawbacks caused by the accelerated drive to the digitalized world. As tech industries gain a more significant hold on businesses and how they use digital communication, it has made it impossible for people to opt-out of using certain technological services because of the risk of being left at a disadvantage. Consequently, if digital communication is a growing influence on how we communicate, it may be wise to understand how companies protect our privacy. The following is a list of 5 privacy and digital ethics questions we as a community should be asking.

Privacy and Digital Ethics Questions: 

  1. How are businesses protecting confidential data?
  2. What regulations are in place to protect users privacy?
  3. What are the ethical practices used by industries?
  4. Is the security of the consumer a priority?
  5. How can companies help manage your privacy to eliminate the risks associated with collecting your data information?

Conclusion:

Although for many of us, it is not reasonable to opt-out of using certain communication technologies, we should be aware of how our user data is collected and used. Because businesses have a financial motivation to sell or trade personal information to gain a competitive advantage, society should prioritize privacy and ethical practices. Additionally, supporting increased awareness of private data regulations and investigation among those who violate these rules can protect everyone’s safety. These rules will ensure that companies can be held accountable if digital ethics regulations are violated. Thus, do you think privacy and digital ethics is shared responsibility among society?

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