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The Ethics of Workplace Privacy


Sven Ove Hansson and Elin Palm

In recent years, new and more intrusive surveillance technology has found its way into workplaces. New medical tests provide detailed information about workers’ biology that was previously unthinkable. An increasing number of employees work under camera surveillance. At the same time, computers allow for a detailed monitoring of our interactions with machines, and all this information can be electronically stored in an easily accessible format. What is happening in our workplaces? Has the trend towards more humane workplaces been broken? From an ethical point of view, which types and degrees of surveillance are acceptable, and which are not? From a policy point of view, what methods can be used to regulate the use of surveillance technology in workplaces?
These are some of the questions that have driven the research reported in this book. Written by an interdisciplinary group of researchers in Computer Ethics, Medical Ethics and Moral Philosophy, this book provides a broad overview that covers both empirical and normative aspects of workplace privacy.
Contents: Sven Ove Hansson/Elin Palm: Introduction: New Technologies - New Ethical Challenges – Gerard de Vries: Genetic Screening at Work. Risk and Responsibility in the Era of Predictive Medicine – Marja Sorsa/Karel Van Damme: Ethical, Legal, and Practical Aspects of Genetic Testing at Work – Simon Rogerson/Mary Prior: New Monitoring and Surveillance Technology – Colin Bennett: Surveillance, Employment and Location. Regulating the Privacy of Mobile Workers in the Mobile Workplace – Philip Brey: The Importance of Workplace Privacy – Sven Ove Hansson: Privacy, Discrimination, and Inequality in the Workplace – Anders J. Persson: Applying Ethical Criteria for Privacy – Elin Palm: The Dimensions of Privacy – Sven Ove Hansson/Elin Palm: Conclusion.