PRIVACY OF COMMUNICATION - ETHICS AND TECHNOLOGY
ABSTRACT Privacy of communication, is ,an important ,ethical topic in today’s society. Computer technology, with its many aspects, like for instance communication passed on computer networks, has raised new ethical problems concerning privacy, since a large amount of personal information passes computer networks each day. Computer ethics, which includes privacy, is a fairly new area within applied ethics, raising new types of moral dilemmas. Topreserve an individual’s privacy when communicating, different privacy-enhancing technologies have been developed. That includes technologies like cryptography, authentication and ,digital signatures. These technologies ,have various ,algorithms ,and protocols, which are used to a large extent in computer networks. A description of the algorithms and protocols is given in this thesis. The privacy-enhancing technologies ,have ,caused ,new ,concern ,since governments ,and authorities have ,difficulties with intercepting the encrypted ,communication ,passed ,on computer networks. The interplay between the security and safety of a group, for example the citizens of a country, which governments want to achieve with interception, and the privacy ofan individual, who prefer to share the information with only a few close others, is a
Published in 2004.