ERIC Number: ED405808
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996
Reference Count: N/A
Ethics, Privacy, and Security in Higher Education Technology.
Anderson, John A.
Information Technology (IT) personnel in higher education requirement at Mary Washington College, Virginia. The goal of the creativity, promote freedom of speech, support research and investigation, and provide information access globally, while demonstrating proper use and protection of the data of which they are in charge. This paper addresses issues of ethics, technology crimes, security, and privacy, and provides recommendations for improving protection of critical information on campus computer systems. IT personnel deal with security and privacy issues from a technical standpoint and are not sufficiently trained to deal with the social ramifications of these issues from a non-technical viewpoint. In addition, high tech codes of ethics and laws are basically non-existent and current laws are both outdated and do not have provisions for the new technologies. Ethics is a gray area that deals with actions that are not technically illegal, but are not quite right, either. Technology has both de-personalized crime and created new opportunities for crime. IT personnel must commit more resources for security development, comply with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act at a minimum, encourage ethical behavior, and "proper use" policies with all user communities, and keep aware of developments in the technology world. (Author/SWC)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act 1974