Telstra Accused of Webstalking

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Telstra accused of web stalking The severity of web stalking is a serious problem for society because of the breach of human rights. According to the technology ethics professor Lamber Royakkers, “Stalking is a form of mental assault, in which the perpetrator repeatedly, unwantedly, and disruptively breaks into the life-world of the victim, with motives that are directly or indirectly traceable to the affective sphere”. This essay will discuss the case study where Telstra is accused of web stalking, analyses by the three ways of the ethical point of view which are: the Doing Ethics Technique, the ACS Code of Ethics and by the Classical Ethical Theories, to identify the ethical issues where they failed. A few months ago, the chief scientist of the internet registry Asia-Pacific Network Information Centre accused Telstra for stalking millions of Next G Smartphone users by sending the websites they visited to a Netsweeper in Canada. He said, the Telco has broken the law by doing this for a new web filtering product. Once the customers realized about this action, Telstra came out on their defense saying almost all of the URLs were being cleaned of personal information they might contain, but that was not the only problem. Also, they did not ask for the customer’s authorization of collecting and distributing the data and they were pulling out parts of network conversations and eavesdropping to forward it offshore. In the case previously described, it can be appreciated as a fact, how Telstra has been collecting user’s activities inside the network without their knowledge or concern and distributing them to a third party. This action involves some issues such as: information gathering without permission, violation of data confidentiality and unauthorized distribution of data which affects the Next G Smartphone users from Telstra. They are being affected

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