Ethics of Workplace Privacy
Regarding the issue of workplace privacy. Currently, this is a very hot topic and it continues to be a contentious issue because technology is outpacing the law. New technologies for communication and new technologies for surveillance go beyond what the law has previously addressed.
• Explain what right to privacy you believe an employee should enjoy at work.
• Describe what right to surveillance a company should have in watching over its employees it is paying and the property it owns. If you are not in management or do not own a company, consider what rights you would want for surveillance with regard to a nanny you hired to watch your child in your home.
• Explain where you would draw the line with regard to workplace privacy, considering that the hardest ethical dilemmas to decide are ones that involve competing rights.
Choose one of the following three scenarios:
• A real-life example of whistleblowing with which you are personally familiar.
• A case of whistleblowing you know about from a text or other source.
• A hypothetical example of something to which we can all relate.
• Explain whether you did, or would, feel pressure not to report what you know. Explain why this is so.
• Explain what you did, what was done, or what you would do ultimately in the scenario you chose.
• Describe whether codes of ethics, such as those in schools or the military that require reporting of unethical behavior, would influence your decision.