Does Google have the right to look at and read our emails?
by firstname.lastname@example.org on September 10, 2013 - 7:44pm
Have you ever felt cheated, mislead or felt like privacy does not exist anymore, that is what 10 individuals felt when they filed a law suit against Google for invading their privacy. Google was planning to read the public’s emails so that they can sell ads and make more money. Reading the public’s private emails is wrong to the public but not according to Google, because they would like to overturn the lawsuit thinking that it will help the public in the long run. This is not what I think, because in emails people put information that sometimes they would not like to share to the public, and if you are reading them people will feel offended and will be very upset. To further understand the issue we need to look at the concept of moral reasoning which is the way we reason our thoughts to make sense of information that goes in our brain. There are four steps that make up this concept of moral reasoning, the first is that we have to indentify the question witch in this case is whether or not Google should be reading our emails. The second step is to get the facts straight which in this case is to find out whether or not the facts that Google are stating are relevant and convincing to the public and the answer to that question is no, because anybody can go through your emails and say that they are reading them do make their ad campaign better. The third step is to indentify both sides of the debate. The fourth and final step is to discuss the values and ethical principles that represent both sides of the debate. According to the ethical principals in this situation, you are using people as means so that you can get what you want, and that is not correct because people have the right to privacy and you are breaking that rule to get what you want which is money. On the other side of the debate a person would say that they are doing this for the greater good of the community so they can get what they want but this is wrong because you invaded someone else’s privacy so you can benefit for other people, which is a violation of the ethical principles.