Informational Privacy.

Informational Privacy.

Informational Privacy.

Topic: Informational Privacy

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Preferred language style: English (U.S.)

If the law does not keep pace with technological developments, and it
always seems to be at least one step behind, the consequences can be
devastating, even in the seemingly simplest of things. What could be
more technologically routine these days than email? And yet……

Justin Ellsworth was a Marine who gave his life for his country. By
all accounts he was a brave and fine Marine and we all owe him the
highest debt of gratitude. But we were also left with a serious
question, what to do with his email? His parents wanted access. They
wanted to see what their son had to say. However, email is a private
sort of thing. Yahoo, his email provider, had a terms of service
agreement with him. And while we sympathize greatly with his parents,
there is also a precedent to be concerned about. One can’t simply
waive away the privacy issue as a decision to release the information
could have serious consequences for email privacy for us all. So the
issue needs to be discussed, thought through, and resolved. That is
why we have cases like this in a class like this, so we can think
these things through and try to respect the family, the deceased, and
the needs of society. So I ask you:

Should Justin Ellsworth’s Parents have been given access to his email?


Please answer this question in three to five pages. Be sure to assess,
separately with thorough explanations, the utilitarian and
deontological considerations.