Paul Lacey Thursday, 04 June 2009
Paul Lacey notes that knowing when and how to keep confidences is "a perennial ethical issue." We value our privacy, but that privacy is "under assault."
Our personal computers harbor "cookies," information available about our purchases and interests as consumers, but unknown to us. Our government has gathered previously-confidential information about individuals, in the name of Homeland Security. As members of boards, teachers, and participants in religious communities, we take on obligations to maintain confidences we receive in our daily work. But there are also pressures against maintaining confidences, sometimes in the name of loyalty to the government, sometimes out of a sense that openness and transparency are values transcending respect for privacy.