Critical Theory as an Approach to the Ethics of Information Security

Science and Engineering Ethics 20 (3):675-699 (2014)

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Bernd Stahl
Westfälische Wilhelms Universität, Münster
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Information security can be of high moral value. It can equally be used for immoral purposes and have undesirable consequences. In this paper we suggest that critical theory can facilitate a better understanding of possible ethical issues and can provide support when finding ways of addressing them. The paper argues that critical theory has intrinsic links to ethics and that it is possible to identify concepts frequently used in critical theory to pinpoint ethical concerns. Using the example of UK electronic medical records the paper demonstrates that a critical lens can highlight issues that traditional ethical theories tend to overlook. These are often linked to collective issues such as social and organisational structures, which philosophical ethics with its typical focus on the individual does not tend to emphasise. The paper suggests that this insight can help in developing ways of researching and innovating responsibly in the area of information security
Keywords Information security  Critical theory  Information security policy  Medical records
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DOI 10.1007/s11948-013-9496-6
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