Is There a Deontological Approach to Privacy Issues?

The word deontology derives from the Greek words for duty (deon) and science (or study) of (logos). Essentially, this post will be addressing how ethics (or one’s duty of embracing that which is right) are entwined with privacy issues and their implications with today’s technological advances. The October 24, 2013, article published by CNN entitled Germany’s Angela Merkel: Relations with U.S. ‘Severely Shaken’ Over Spying Claims by Laura Smith-Spark brings to light how the international community is taking a hard look at how the US is overstepping international technological boundaries.

One may say that in light of all the terroristic threats that have plagued the world and key US alliances, the United States has every right to protect its interests from unwarranted infiltration. However, does the right to “protect one’s self” involve “nosing” into the affairs of others? Does this alleged right to protect one’s personal (cyberspace) boundaries strong-arm the world into invading the private space(s) of others? Or has the United States turned into the very bully it has been trying to annihilate? Perhaps NSA whistleblower/leaker Edward Snowden knows something that has the US shaking in their boots. After all, why would Germany’s Angela Merkel even hint at the suggestion that her private conversations are being hacked by US infiltrators without undue cause? What “red flag” prompted the US to allegedly monitor her phone conversations? Why is France also joining the bandwagon? Are they conjuring up these allegations out of thin air without just cause?

In my blog User Privacy — Why the Delay With Compliancy? I address why a compliance policy that protects the privacy of users internationally is taking so long to implement. Could it be that the United States has a stake in infiltrating the privacy of others for the sake of its own security? Or has the US become so arrogant in its handling of proprietary information that it needs to control the domain(s) of others?

What are your thoughts?

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