Ethical Data Gathering

"The road to hell is paved with good intentions” ~Henry G. Bohn’s A Hand-book of proverbs (1885) Without getting into gory details and naming names, privacy lapses by tech companies seem to be common. As tech giants collect bucket loads of data, they have an ethical responsibility towards customers. Though they gather data to provide better service and offer broader social benefits, their actions can sometimes lead to privacy lapses and data breaches. To avoid negative publicity, companies often perform data-sharing activities in complete confidentiality. However, maintaining such secrecy results in negative consequences because the suspicion levels of the media and public go up.   At the minimum, ethical data gathering practices must involve: 1. Obtaining informed consent from individuals 2. Guaranteeing legal compliance, and  3. Anonymizing personal information to protect identities

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