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Ethics and integrity in data gathering

Ethics and integrity are big concerns of my organization. We have four key areas of excellence: Team driven culture, integrity, creative enthusiasm and customer service. Operating in an ethical manner will typically result in meeting at least two of these areas if not all of them. Information is a unique commodity that requires a new perspective compared to what most would consider an ethical concern in the less-technology driven cultures in the past. Customer information, data, and knowledge carry value and power – with that power comes a responsibility to use it in a way that reflects the values of the customer as well as the values of the organization; where those values are upright. According to the article by Winn and Jondet, there is no current standard for handling information and communication technology (ICT) networks. ICT networks handle the expanse between consumers, suppliers and businesses. As such there is little that governments can do to regulate ICT networks, similar to how there are no large scale regulations for the Internet as a whole. Ethics plays a pivotal role in how professional organizations handle the information the customers generate, it is counter productive to be inconsistent or negligent with the security of consumer data. Regulators and standard organizations offer programs that help promote standards, but there is little oversight in the long run. For our organization, we handle the clients’ leads, phone calls and initial case interviews. The information we collect is extremely sensitive and very valuable in itself. We are obligated not to use the information directly, release any details outside of our organization, and responsible for protecting clients (and their clients) from any adverse affects that could result from their information being publically available. For these reasons, there are a number of security systems – with multiple layers, to ensure as much protection as technologically possible. To support this mission even more, our security policies are very detailed, explicitly enforced and readily available. Winn, J., & Jondet, N. (2008, December). A “new approach” to standards and consumer protection. Journal of Consumer Policy, 31(4),...

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Economic Victims and Tent Cities

In recent weeks, American societies and global economies for that matter have become accustom to hearing financial figures in the multi-billion dollar range if not the trillion dollar range. With all the talking begin done in the American government a few actions have been invoked that require American societies and cultures to understand what is valued by each individual independently; sacrificing has become common place (Keilar, Sherman & Walsh, 2009). Although the story is not overtly stereotypical or heavy in cultural stigma as it concerns diversity, the news story is still a broad representation of the view of young adults of African and European descent and represents these individuals lacking social motivation to spend every waking hour to secure financial stability. In a converse view, Nashville tent cities have sprung up as refuges for individuals that have lost financial security and were evicted from their homes or apartment (Neiwert, 2009). These individuals are ‘colorless’, men and women from every culture, diverse societies, and economic level. Even so, all these individuals are equal in an economic culture in the grips of turmoil. As presented, the world economy is in a true downward spiral and although no one in government can see the future, as far as the laymen know, infusing the suffering communities with financial resources is seen as the answer. Diversity plays into this decision not only from the accepted belief that economic culture demands financial rescue, but also that the diverse cultures of an American society will reap the benefit. Nevertheless, the article investigated does not explore the true diversity of American culture nor does it touch on the impact that it has on the lower classes, mainly the inhabitants of Nashville’s tent cities. It may seem like throwing money at the communities offered an answer to economic woes, but who is truly able to catch these financial fast balls? Channel 5, News Kirchhoff, Sue Keilar, Brianna, Sherman, Emily, & Walsh, Deirdre. Neiwert, David. (2009, March 9)...

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