Questions: Ethical and Legal Issues

What is the difference between ethics and law?

Ethics:  a system of moral principles that govern a person’s behaviour or the conducting of an activity.

Law: the principles and regulations established in a community by some authority and applicable to its people, whether in the form of legislation or of custom and policies recognized and enforced by judicial decision.

Describe 3 ethical decisions that may influence web development

– Purposely making privacy options confusing in order to trick people into sharing more information than they are comfortable with.

– Spamming friends on social networks without their explicit permission, many of us are asked to do things that we are not comfortable with.

– Stretching the truth to help a client sell their products – deceptive, using misleading information e.g. Using fake reviews

Describe 3 legal requirements that influence web development

– You must include your company information on your website and in your emails

– Obtain all necessary third party licences and consents – e.g. copyright, links, trade marks, etc.

– Incorporate your terms and conditions


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