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Chapter 5: Invasion of Privacy. Types of invasion of privacy: Intrusion on seclusion or solitude. Public disclosure of embarrassing private affairs. Publicity that places individuals in a false light. Appropriation of an individual’s name or likeness for commercial advantage.

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Chapter 5 invasion of privacy

Chapter 5: Invasion of Privacy

Types of invasion of privacy:

  • Intrusion on seclusion or solitude.

  • Public disclosure of embarrassing private affairs.

  • Publicity that places individuals in a false light.

  • Appropriation of an individual’s name or likeness for commercial advantage.

This chapter deals with various ethical violations of privacy.


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Chapter 5: Invasion of Privacy

The ethics of privacy

  • Decency and basic fairness

  • Topic must have redeeming social value

  • The individual’s dignity must be maintained even with the disclosure


Chapter 5 cases

Chapter 5 Cases

  • Case 19: The Controversial Patriot Act

  • Case 20: Privacy in Cyberspace

  • Case 21: A Prostitute on Page 12

  • Case 22: Dead Body Photo


Case 19 the controversial patriot act

Case 19: The Controversial Patriot Act

  • Facts– Empirical Definition

  • Values

  • Loyalties

  • Principles

John Ashcroft and President Bush were staunch supporters of the USA PATRIOT Act.


Chapter 5 invasion of privacy

  • The USA PATRIOT Act was created to avoid tragedies like September 11.

  • Can the government tighten security without being so intrusive?

  • Does the PATRIOT Act violate American rights? In what ways?

  • Would you rather have your privacy or your safety?


Case 19 additional links

Case 19: Additional links

USA PATRIOT Act – Read the entire act.

Justice Department – A summary of what the USA PATRIOT Act means to law enforcement and the courts.

Safe and Free – ACLU database of summaries, articles and analysis of the USA PATRIOT Act.

Civil Right Violations – Instances when the USA PATRIOT Act did not work.


Case 20 privacy in cyberspace

Case 20: Privacy in Cyberspace

  • Facts– Empirical Definition

  • Values

  • Loyalties

  • Principles


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  • How much about your past are you comfortable with being accessed?

  • What personal information should be available to the public?

  • Should private investigative services be regulated by law?


Case 20 additional links

Case 20: Additional links

Private Detectives and Investigators – An official job description

Privacy Times – Learn more about right to privacy versus freedom of information

Investigative Resource Center – A starting point for online investigations


Case 21 a prostitute on page 12

Case 21: A Prostitute on Page 12

  • Facts– Empirical Definition

  • Values

  • Loyalties

  • Principles

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Chapter 5 invasion of privacy

  • In just this past decade, the media has sensationalized their coverage of the murders of Jonbenet Ramsey, Nichole Simpson, and the White House sex scandal.

  • Identify the golden mean of news value for a community and the privacy of those personally involved.

  • If one applied the agape principle, what would be considered morally appropriate behavior?

  • Why should victims of circumstance endure punishment through a sensational account?


Case 21 additional links

Case 21: Additional links

Missoulian – Read the paper involved.

Changing the Way Violence is Reported – Studies on the effects of sensationalized reporting on readers

Junk Food News – An article about telling the truth without sensationalism.

Public Service or Soap Opera? – A judge decides how many details of the Peterson murder case the public needs to know.


Case 22 dead body photo

Case 22: Dead Body Photo

  • Facts– Empirical Definition

  • Values

  • Loyalties

  • Principles

Scanned photo here


Chapter 5 invasion of privacy

  • News photographs of people mourning over 9/11, a plane crash, and the Columbine shooting.

  • Are photos of dead bodies cautionary of morbid?

  • What is the decent level of publicity for a tragedy?

  • Should the victim and/or the victim’s family have the ultimate say?


Case 22 additional links

Case 22: Additional links

Californian – Read the paper that ran the picture.

Code of Ethics – The ASNE requirements for photojournalists

Ethics in Photojournalism – One man was dismissed for improper editing of photos.


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