Information Technology and Ethics/Privacy Policies and Principles

Privacy Policies PrinciplesEdit

In this section we will be covering the five core principles that the FTC (Federal Trade Commission) has established to be important in order to keep everyone’s right to privacy intact.

Notice/Awareness- Giving people notice and keeping people aware of what will happen to their data. Some major components to this principle include: identification of entity collecting data, identification of the uses to which the data will be put, identification of any potential recipients of the data, the nature of the data collected and the means by which it is collected if not obvious, whether the provision of the requested data is voluntary or required, and the consequences of a refusal to provide the requested information, and the steps taken by the data collector to ensure the confidentiality, integrity and quality of the data.[1]

Choice/Consent- Consent is necessary when it comes to collecting people’s personal data. Consumers need to have the choice if they want their personal data being collected. This could be as simple as having a checkbox asking the user if they consent to the multiplication of personal data.

Access/Participation- This principle wants to allow people to access their personal data that is collected and to give them the ability to contest the data if it is not accurate information. This principle is critical in today’s world since so much data is being collected just as important to have accurate data as it is to have mass amounts of data.

Integrity/Security- Security is so important to privacy, without a huge investment into security privacy falls out the window. You could follow all of the principles but not secure your data properly and it would all be for nothing. This includes sending,receiving, and storing the data.

Enforcement/Redress- This principle is in essence the simplest of the five to enforce all four of the principles above. This doesn’t mean it's any less important or impactful to privacy. Without enforcement of the four principles there is no point in having them.

That's all five policies that the FTC created for keeping personal privacy. The next section will cover some of the ways social media platforms went against some if not all of these principles.