Is it Ethical to Collect Workplace Information about Solaricot Employees via RFIDS?
1. Identify 4 main stakeholders and briefly discuss how they are affected. (2 marks)
- Employers: Using RFID technology allows employers to keep track of the whereabouts of their employees. This allows them to determine whether they are performing the jobs they are paid to do, efficiently. For instance, it can be used to monitor the productivity of those employees who are on the road for most of the day e.g. route sales staff (Blish and Stiller 2009, p. 86).
- Competitors: RFID tags bring about the risk of corporate espionage. Competitor firms may surreptitiously monitor the logistics and inventory data with unprotected tags to use (Weis et al, 2004 p.205).
- Regulatory agencies e.g. the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA): RFIDs could increase the level of surveillance and feed into a government database. Although this could potentially make us safer, the threat of one’s personal information being available to just anyone without one’s knowledge leaves room for abuse and curtails individual freedom (Thiesse, 2007 p. 225).
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