This week’s discussion is the following: “Find an article in the news from the last three months of someone who violated one or more of the computer ethics commandments. Include a hyperlink to the article. Please describe the situation. Discuss what you would do in similar circumstances. (In some cases, such as exposing massive corruption, people may have differing opinions about the proper ethical actions.)”.
I’ve provided 2 discussions below that need to be responded back separately.
1-)Per this article I found, Facebook is facing a fine for violating a 2011 settlement with the agency that required the company to take a series of steps to protect users’ personal information. Facebook is under investigation after the disclosure that political consulting firm Cambridge Analytical gained access to information on about 70 million Facebook users in the United States. The company denied that the incident was an actual violation. Apparently, Facebook has been known for being involved in a series of data-privacy scandals. Efforts have been initiated in Washington to pass legislation to better protect the personal information collected. Lawmakers feel that the FTC has not being firm enough in enforcing privacy violations. What I would have done in this case, being that a settlement was already established, I would have been extremely careful in not violating any areas that even seemed questionable. I was always encouraged that if you have to ask whether or not it is appropriate, then more than likely it isn’t. If there was a concern as to what is or isn’t a violation, the party could have taken the extra step to research each detail in the settlement to ensure whatever it is won’t be a violation.
2-)In the article I have read, two out of the ten commandments of computer ethics were violated which were “Thou shalt not use a computer to steal” and “Thou shalt not use other people’s computer resources without authorization or proper compensation”. In the article “JPMorgan Chase Bank analyst admits stealing customer info in counterfeit check scheme” a former JPMorgan Chase employee Sarah M. Wiley pleaded guilty to charges of conspiracy and aggravated identity theft, following a joint investigation by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Harrisburg and the Pennsylvania State Police. Around September 2014 and until around October 2017 Sarah M. Wiley, as an analyst for JPMorgan Chase Bank, accessed without authorization personal identifiers, including names and Social Security numbers of JPMorgan Chase account holders. She then shared the information with her father, Karl Edward Wiley, who was indicted earlier in 2018 on charges of conspiracy to produce counterfeit identification documents and checks. Some of the counterfeit checks were negotiated at the Rivers Casino in Pittsburgh. Karl Wiley is pending trial. Wiley sentencing pertains seven years in prison, a fine of $500,000.00 or both. Wiley’s sentencing is scheduled for July 25, 2019.
What I would have done in a similar circumstance was never use any customer’s information that is confidential or use anybody’s information at all. As a Compliance Analyst at JPMorgan Chase, I have never even thought about using the customer’s information or funds to do any illegal transactions or activities. Working for a company like JPMorgan Chase there has to be a level of integrity to be able to view confidential items. As for the former Chase employee Sarah M. Wiley, the consequences that is given is well deserved.