Ethics and Data Security in World Wide Web Abstract

Ethicsand Data Security in World Wide Web


Withthe current world transformation to modernization and technologicaladvancement, the internet and in this case World Wide Web, has becomethe largest database in the world. It has grown from a researchproject into something that involves almost every individual in thesociety. This paper worked on identifying the competence of the WorldWide Web on the basis of data security and ethical behavior. Theprivacy of a person’s information is of vital importance. Mostpeople currently rely on the World Wide Web for most services likesending, retrieval and storage of information. However, one riskposed by the World Wide Web is the lack of privacy, informationsecurity, and the poor level of ethics. Data privatization is one ofthe main challenges facing the internet services.


Datasecurity, ethics, Wild Wide Web, information technology, the internet

Ethicsand Data Security in World Wide Web

Datasecurity involves protecting the privacy and integrity of a person’spersonal information. Information security ensures that informationis not in any way accessed by the unintended person. When there isinformation security, the data is protected from both internal andexternal threats. When a piece of information is sent through theinternet it may pass through many different computer systems andtherefore is at the risk of being captured, read or even worse bemanipulated by the wrong person (Kumar 2011). How safe then, is aprivate information being sent through the internet? On the same, itvery easy to record a person’s online activities which includeseeing which files a person has accessed, which web pages they havevisited and even what items one has purchased online.

Organizationsare tirelessly doing their best to improve the information securityby observing some strategies such as using only licensed copies ofsoftware. Licensed software are less prone to viruses and limitaccess to computers as well as the information within. Passwords andaccess codes are also used when logging into a site although they arenot many competent ways. As Kumar (2011) notes, Even with the currentadvancement in technology, the information security techniques arenot enough and do not effectively solve the problem of intrusion ofprivate information.

Lowlevel of integrity, as noted by Miggan, (2013) is another major issuebrought about by the World Wide Web service. Professional as well associal ethics has been negatively influenced by the internet. As muchas the internet might have its positive effects, the negative effectsoutweigh the positive ones at a great percentage. People are nowusing the internet for unhealthy and wrong activities andexperiences. The worst reason is that it is easy to accesspornographic materials from the internet and sadly, children andadolescents are the main victims. Home works, school assignments andwork assignments are now available online, and nobody is ready totrouble their minds with things they can accessed with the click of abutton. Slowly, our reasoning ability as well as creativity is beingslowly swept off (Miggan, 2013). The government, businesses, as wellas schools immensely depend on the internet information for most oftheir activities. These institutions are highly vulnerable if thesesystems fail. It is easy to anonymously create, communicate andmanipulate information, and this has brought about the issues ofcomputer abuse. The list of actions that show the low level of ethicsbrought about by the web services cannot be exhausted, and this meansthat everyone need to show integrity in all they do.

Inconclusion, everything has its good and bad sides and the World WideWeb is no exception. Never the less, the information technologyorganizations have the responsibility to develop better ways ofsecuring private information. With the advancements in technology,better, secure ways of keeping peoples’ personal information safeas well as filter the websites being created and what they contain.Consumers, on the other hand, have the responsibility to maintaintheir dignity and ethics by using right websites for the rightreasons.


Kumar,D. (2011). Security and Ethical Issues in IT. An organizationPerspective.International Journal of Enterprise Computing and Business Systems.1(2): 2-8.

Migga,j. (2013). Ethicaland Social Issues in the information Age.New York. Springer Publishers.