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The issue of personal integrity and ethics: from system developers’ view
2002 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Personal integrity and the issue of ethics are important aspects considering the modern society’s dependency on information technology. For example is it quite easy to trace someone’s electronic path on the Internet. E-business uses this new technology to individualize their products to suit all different kinds of customers. This is done through gathering a great deal of sensitive information about their customers: which is a serious matter when considering personal integrity and the issue of ethics. But steps are being taken by the Swedish government to protect personal integrity by creating laws, such as the Personal Data Act, which is concerned with protecting the private citizens personal integrity. As stated it is quite easy to trace someone’s electronic footsteps on the Internet, one way to do so is by using cookies, something the e-business has caught on. Cookies are used more and more by different companies to store information about buying behaviour and profile their customers. Cookies are considered to exist in a kind of grey zone in an ethical and legal sense, ethical because consent is seldom asked for, which also concerns the law. The aim with this Master Thesis is to examine how system developers, who work with design of e-businesses, deal with ethical issues and personal integrity at a general level and especially when using cookies. As theoretical framework the theory of Systems Design, theory of Cookies, theory of Personal Integrity, theory of The Personal Data Act and theory of Ethics was used. In order to draw conclusions and complete the aim of the thesis, qualitative interviews were made. The raw data was then analysed with the help of Cross- Sectional Indexing of Data (Mason, 1996). The thesis points that the system developers considers personal integrity and ethical issues throughout the design process, by showing responsibility in relation to the customer and the end-customer. Cookies will also be used as long as permitted, the system developers are aware of the ethical issues but consider cookies only to have value of technology.

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Keyword [en]
Social Behaviour Law, Personal integrity, Ethics, Cookies, Systems design, The, personal data act, Cross-Sectional Indexing of Data
Keyword [sv]
Samhälls-, beteendevetenskap, juridik
URN: urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-53783ISRN: LTU-SHU-EX--02/130--SELocal ID: ac83aa24-c159-4ded-a0af-d37957757fbcOAI: diva2:1027159
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Student thesis, at least 15 credits
Educational program
Computer and Information Systems Science, master's level
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