I’m working on a business law project and need a sample draft to help me learn.
Differentiate between matters of law and matters of ethics in business situations
Steve, the company’s Information Technology lead, discovered that the company database of customer information was hacked. Customer names, addresses, and phone numbers were accessed for only those customers who placed online orders in the first quarter of the year. Steve was able to correct the code that allowed the hack and is confident that the database is now secure.
When Carlos overhears Steve talking about the database fix in the store break room, he questions Steve about why he did not bring the breach to anyone’s attention. Steve explains that because he was able to quickly correct the code that led to the breach, and because only address and phone number information for a handful of customers was accessed, he didn’t think it was necessary to say anything.
Clare asks Carlos to evaluate whether the company has an ethical and/or legal obligation to report the breach to their customers and to recommend a course of action. She also asks Carlos to select an ethical test or framework that all employees can use in the future to help guide their decisions.
Include a definition of ethics and explanation of how ethics compares to law.
Provide an explanation of corporate social responsibility and how it relates to ethical business practices.
Provide a summary of the ethical and/or legal issues involved in this situation.
Briefly describe the relevant stakeholders, the key facts, and the potential implications or impact of the situation.
Conclusion: Describe how advances in technology in today’s business world have both legal and ethical implications.
Ethical Test or Framework
Name the option you selected and describe the test or framework, including its advantages and potential shortcomings.
Explain why the test or framework that you selected is appropriate for this company; justify your selection.
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