Internet Privacy Term Paper by Nicky

Internet Privacy
An in-depth discussion of the ethical and privacy issues regarding social and professional networking sites.
# 144943 | 3,065 words | 18 sources | APA | 2010 | US

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The paper discusses how social networks such as MySpace and Facebook not only provide a forum for millions of users to communicate with one another, they also offer customers' information to companies who wish to target their users. The paper highlights the ethical issues involved in this lack of privacy for consumers and considers whose responsibility it is to monitor the Internet; users or social network providers. The paper concludes with a warning to consumers to be aware that their actions are being monitored on an almost constant basis, and their personal information may be misused.

From the Paper:

"The advent of the age of the Internet has wrought a variety of changes in the world, not least among them the fact that at any particular moment there are millions of individuals 'online'. These individuals are accomplishing a number of different objectives including; research, chatting, game playing, conducting business transactions, buying and selling product(s), gaining an education and socializing. Other uses such as banking and commerce are as common as the brick and mortar transactions of the twentieth century. These activities draw together a myriad of characters from all around the globe. Many, if not most of these individuals are of good character and would never question the integrity of their fellow human beings. Some, however, are of ill-repute and use technology to take advantage of those unwary souls who only wish to access the internet to talk to friends, do homework or buy a needed gift. These honest individuals would never even consider unethical use of the internet and many of them sign agreements with online merchants that they may never read or understand. In many cases, the signed agreement gives the merchant almost carte blanc to do anything with any gathered information that the consumer might furnish to the merchant. The merchant can sell email addresses, provide purchasing habits and other personal information to anyone, and many of them do exactly that, for a price."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Blakely, R.; (2007) Facebook shrugs off privacy fears with plan for targeted advertising, The Times,
  • Carter, H.L.; Foulger, T.S.; Ewbank, A.D.; (2008) Have you Googled your teacher lately? Teachers use of social networking sites, Phi Delta Kappan, Vol. 89, No. 9, pp. 681 - 685
  • Christiansen, D.; (2008) Of many things, America, Vol. 198, No. 17, pg. 2
  • Dvorak, J.C.; (2008) Dirty politics in the Internet age, PC Magazine, Vol. 27, No. 10, pg. 54
  • Fortt, J.; (2008) Micheal Dell 'friends' his customers, Fortune, Vol. 158, No. 5, pp. 35 - 36, 38

Cite this Term Paper:

APA Format

Internet Privacy (2010, October 20) Retrieved May 27, 2023, from

MLA Format

"Internet Privacy" 20 October 2010. Web. 27 May. 2023. <>