Ethics is a set of moral principles that govern the behavior of a group or individual. Therefore, computer ethics is set of moral principles that regulate the use of computers. there are many types of ethical behaviour that we are meant to follow when using computer such as not stealing people identity on the webs, not accessing people accounts and personal information and not stealing on the web. there were a number of laws bought in to prevent this from happening. in 1990 the computer misuse act which created three new offences. they were unauthorised access to computer material. unauthorised access with intent to commit a crime and unauthorised modification of computer material.
Special industry such as IEEE and ACM recognise that computer engineers have a responsibility to act in a ethical manner when designing or developing computer systems.
The Ten Commandments
- Thou shall not use a computer in ways that may harm people.
- Thou shall not interfere with other people’s computer work.
- Thou shall not snoop around in other people’s computer files.
- Thou shall not use a computer to steal.
- Thou shall not use a computer to false witness
- Thou shall not copy or use proprietary software for which you have not paid.
- Thou shall not use other people’s computer resources without authorization or proper compensation.
- Thou shall not appropriate other people’s intellectual output.
- Thou shall think about the social consequences of the program you are writing or the system you are designing.
- Thou shall always use a computer in ways that ensure consideration and respect for your fellow humans