Chapter 8: Ethical, Social, and Political Issues in E-Commerce
to Google and find the Advanced Search link. Examine its SafeSearch
filtering options. Surf the Web in search of content that could be considered
objectionable for children using each of the options. What are the pros and
cons of such restrictions? Are there terms that could be considered
inappropriate to the filtering software but be approved by parents? Name five
The options for the SafeSearch include “Show most relevant results” and “Filter explicit results.” These restrictions are there so that parents can filter what their children search for on the internet. Sites that are considered objectionable would most likely be relating to text/photos of adult sexual behavior, violence and hate, drugs and drug culture, racism and intolerance, gambling, tobacco, alcohol, and cruelty to animals. The pros to such restrictions is if a parent doesn’t want their kids searching for these “bad” websites. I can’t imagine parents wanting or letting their child search for such information, unless they are doing a research project for school, which is where the cons of the restrictions come into play. The cons of these restrictions would be if a teenager had to do a research paper on one of these topics but was unallowed to view the sites because there was a restriction. There are definitely terms that could be considered inappropriate to the filtering software but be approved by parents.
2. Develop a list of privacy protection features that should be present if a Web site is serious about protecting privacy. Then, visit at least four well-known Web sites and examine their privacy policies. Write a report that rates each of the Web sites on the criteria you have developed.
Privacy protection features:
-Passwords, device finger printing, cookies, a secure browser, and a privacy seal
Websites with privacy policies:
-Businesses, Online Banking, Google, or basically any site that you need a username and password to access.