Accounting Ethics : Apple: privacy vs. safety

Apple: Privacy vs. Safety?

Henry McGee: Nien-he: Sarah McAra

In 2015, Apple CEO Tim Cool debuted the iPhone 6s with enhanced security measures that enflamed a debate on privacy and public safety around the world, the iPhone 6s, amid a heightened concern for privacy following the 2013 revelation of clandestine U.S surveillance programs, employed a default encryption system that prevented both Apple and government authorities from accessing data stored on the device. Law enforcement officials warned that the encryption hindered investigations of criminal case and international terrorism and called on Apple to build a back door, a way to bypass the encryption. But Cook maintained that any back door would compromise customers’ privacy and security. In 2016, a deferral judge ordered Apple to provide technical assistance to unlock the iPhone used by a terrorist who, along with wife, killed 14 people in San Bernardino, California. Apple refused to comply with the order and asked the government to withdraw its demand.

Using utilitarianism and deontology,

  • Summarize each ethical theory
  • State the ethical dilemma found in this case
  • Use both ethical theories and apply each theory to the ethical dilemma indicated above – balancing apple’s responsibilities to the U.S. government to Apple’s responsibilities to its customers, employees and shareholders
  • State the outcome of each theory and the practical action that apple would have taken to implement in each outcome

Do Not exceed 3 pages, double space, 14 font. (minimum of 2.5 pg)

Please DO NOT plagiarizes, going to submit through Turnitin.com

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