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The Four Cases for Mill’s Privacy Perspective

The Four Cases for Mill’s Privacy Perspective
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Author(s): Salah M. Al-Fadhly (Kuwait University, Kuwait) and Hasan A. Abbas (Kuwait University, Kuwait)
Copyright: 2002
Pages: 3
Source title: Issues & Trends of Information Technology Management in Contemporary Organizations
Source Editor(s): Mehdi Khosrow-Pour, D.B.A. (Information Resources Management Association, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-930708-39-6.ch001
ISBN13: 9781930708396
EISBN13: 9781466641358


The Internet, which is the revolt of information technology, initially been used for research and advancements in the scientific fields through connecting the scholars around the continent. However, the openness environment of such facility and the enormous advantage that provides to the scientific sector made the need for such facility highly urgent from the private high management sectors. Therefore, different difficulties are introduced as a result of the flexible environment this technology provides such as Eavesdropping, Password sniffing, Data modification, and Spoofing (Bhimani, 1996). We concentrate in this paper on the convergence point that is the importance of the communication technology revolution and maintaining the ethical standards that the users are asked to respect and obey. Precisely, this paper gives more attention to the limits of legitimacy of violating the privacy of the other parties. The paper is divided into four sections. The first section concentrates on the privacy concept in general and the information privacy in particular. The second section presents John Stuart Mill’s Utilitarianism theory and how it offers a solution to the ethical problems. The third section deals with the privacy ethical issues from the utilitarianism stand of view and whether this theory is capable answering all Internet related cases. Finally, the fourth and last section contains the recommendations and conclusion.

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