According to privacy laws private information is owned by the person it describes this includes medical records and even school grades. This information is deemed to be obtained illegally and cannot be used without permission from the owner. Privacy law and protection of student’s private life and information was affirmed in the class action suit of Robbins v. Lower Merion School District.
The counter opinion is that the students may be accessing illegal sites or using the computers for immoral behaviors and hence may require monitoring. The merit of this opinion lies whereby most parents also have guards in their computers that inhibit or lock out their teenage children from various sites. This is then enforced by the Superintendent in the schools.There are laws in place to help monitor student’s social media interactions and focus on gang related activities, threats of violence and may include surveillance of non-violent student activity like alcohol and drug consumption. The software installed on the computers can also be used to track stolen or lost laptops hence aiding in their retrieval. The merit of this counter opinion lies with the force of the law and the necessity to keep the students and their property safe.
Similar situations I have encountered include an online company accessing personal information of social media users and calling the users with the intention to defraud them. This is a violation of privacy laws at the same time a criminal activity. The companies will track internet usage of the customers, determine their buying habits and movements and collect personal information without consent from the users. This is a breach of business ethics and the companies must determine ethical behaviors and put in place guidelines and policies to deter this kind of behavior.
I would say I exhibit good ethics because I possess the ability to distinguish between right and wrong and in most situations choose to do the