Regulating Internet Policy Regulating Internet Research Paper

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In the United States and other part of the world where internet is rapidly developing, cyber threats have continued to be on the increase. Essentially, online shopping has become a modern way of doing business, and in the United States, millions of people purchase goods and services online. To make an online shopping, individuals will need to submit their credit cards or other private information to make a purchase. Some private organizations even ask for the social security number and bank information of consumers before allowing them to make purchase of good and services. In the face of continuous use of internet for variety of activities, private consumers are increasingly facing the internet privacy threats because their private information could be compromised while sending their private data online. In the face of threats to internet privacy, effective regulations to enhance internet privacy are very critical. Although, the government have made series of laws and regulations to enhance the ethical use of the internet, however, the government regulations are not sufficient with continuous increase in internet hacking and the unethical use of confidential people's information. Both government and private organizations need to collaborate to enhance internet privacy.

The theory of privacy reveals that privacy policies must meet the needs of the 21st century to enhance contextual integrity (CI) in the face of legal, social and technological environments. Moreover, the privacy theory reveals that private individuals have the rights to privacy where nobody has the access to their information.
In the United States and Europe, both the governments and private organizations are collaborating to enhance the privacy rights and protection of private consumer against the internet threats. Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act is one of the regulations to protect the privacy rights in the United States. In Europe, the European General Data Protection Regulation and EU privacy and human rights law are part of the regulations to enhance privacy rights and protection of consumers' right.

Similar to the threats that individuals faces with the use of internet, employers are also increasingly facing challenges to balance workplace privacy with their employees' privacy. Part of the government regulations to protect employee workplace rights is the right to information and right to privacy. However, employers also need to protect their businesses by limiting the employee's workplace privacy to ensure that employee is obliged to protect employer's information. Many employers have implemented workplace policies to ensure that employee's private rights are not automatic, and employees should follow employer's electronic privacy policy to meet the business objectives.


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