Ethics, Law and Cybersecurity

Instructions: There are three (3) topic areas listed below that are designed to measure your
knowledge level specific to learning outcome (LO 5) shown in your course syllabus. You must
respond to #2 and select any other one of these topic areas providing appropriate responses in
essay form. In most cases the topic area has several components. Each must be addressed to
properly satisfy requirements.
State-wide and in most professional industries, there has been a mandate that college students be
more proficient in their writing. While this is not a writing class, all writing assignments will be
graded for grammar, syntax and typographical correctness to help address this mandate.
Pay attention to what you are being asked to do (see Grading Rubric below). For example, to
describe does not mean to list, but to tell about or illustrate in more than two or three
sentences, providing appropriate arguments for your responses using theories discussed in our
text. Be sure to address all parts of the topic question as most have multiple parts. A
verifiable current event (less than 4 years old) relevant to at least one of the topics you respond to is a
fundamental component of your quiz as well. You cannot use information from the text book
or any book/article by the author of the text book as a current event. Make sure that your
reference has a date of publication. For each chapter quiz and final quiz you are required to find
and include at least one reference and reference citation to a current event less than 4 years old (a
reference with no date (n.d.) is not acceptable) in answer to at least one question. This requires a
reference citation in the text of your answer and a reference at the end of the question to which the
reference applies. You must include some information obtained from the reference in your answer. The
references must be found on the internet and you must include a URL in your reference so that the
reference can be verified.
You should type your responses directly under the appropriate question. Be sure to include your
name on your quiz. Only the first two (2) questions with an answer will be graded. Include your
name in the document filename (see rubric below for example). Your completed quiz must be
uploaded into the appropriate eCollege Dropbox, no later than 11:59pm on the due date. Do
well.
1. Consumer surveys have suggested that many Internet users are concerned about losing bits
of their privacy when they are engaged in online activities. In fact, many Internet users
identify privacy as their number one concern, ahead of concerns about ease of use,
security, cost, spam, and so forth. (a) Do only individuals who elect to use the Internet
have reason to be concerned about losing their privacy? (b) Should those who have never
even used a computer also worry? (c) Lastly, are issues of privacy a major concern in
Canada (you must provide an appropriate reference that supports your answer to this
question, i.e., url, news article, etc.)? Please elaborate (beyond a yes or no answer)
and provide your “theoretical” rationale in support of your responses.
2. In the days and weeks immediately following the tragic events of September 11, 2001,
some political leaders claimed that “extraordinary times call for extraordinary measures”;
in times of war, basic civil liberties and freedoms, such as privacy, need to be severely
restricted for the sake of national security and safety. Perhaps, as a nation, the value that
we have traditionally attached to privacy has diminished significantly since then. Consider
that the majority of American citizens strongly supported the USA (United and
Strengthening America) PATRIOT (Provide Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and
Obstruct Terrorism) Act, which passed by an overwhelming margin in both houses of
Congress and was enacted into law on October 21, 2001. Privacy advocates have since
expressed their concerns about this act, noting that it might have gone too far in eroding
basic civil liberties. Some critics also fear that certain provisions included in the act could
easily be abused; for example, those in power could use those provisions to achieve
controversial political ends under the convenient guise of national defense. Examine some
of the details of USA PATRIOT Act (go to
http://www.epic.org/privacy/terrorism/hr3162.html). (a) Determine whether its measures
are as extreme as its critics suggest. (b) Are those measures consistent with the value of
privacy, which Americans claim to embrace? (c) Do privacy interests need to be reassessed,
and possibly recalibrated, in light of recent attacks by and ongoing threats from terrorists?
(d) What similar acts or laws exist in the United Kingdom? Please elaborate (beyond a yes
or no answer) and provide your “theoretical” rationale in support of your responses.
(comprehension)
3. Through the use of currently available online tools and search facilities, ordinary users can
easily acquire personal information about others. In fact, anyone who has Internet access
can, via a search engine such as Google, find information about us that we ourselves might
have had no idea is publicly available there. (a) Is it true that individual privacy is
threatened by the use of search engines? (b) Give some examples how that might occur. (c)
Do individuals/hackers from anywhere on the globe access personal information of citizens
of other countries? (d) Give some examples illustrating that has occurred. (be specific
and provide support for your answer) Please elaborate (beyond a yes or no answer)
and provide your “theoretical” rationale in support of your responses.
(comprehension)

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