If you’ve ever been an interview, chances are that your interviewer never asked you about your religion, political views, or sexual orientation. If they did, they might be able to get sued. Why? because it’s illegal to ask these questions.
In an article that I read called ‘Laws and Ethics Can’t Keep Pace with Technology,’ it made a great point about the aforementioned scenario. In contrast to the scenario, we have also heard that employers have made hiring decisions based on Facebook posts, content, and friend affiliation. This perfectly highlights the amount of work the law needs to do to catch up with advances in technology. The quest for catch up seems to enlarge as the days go on.
An area that has grown when we talk about ethics is the area of privacy laws. Since there are a lot of technologies that pick up on data about us: search queries, fit bits, social media, google maps, etc., the issue of privacy needs to be made clear.
The results of technology functionality gone wrong are bringing a large discussion. Laws need to be established that consider these scenarios. When a self-driving car goes in the wrong direction and results in a crash, for example, or a case where people’s pictures are taken without their consent by various devices. There are a lot of edge cases to consider for each technology that needs to be considered to be able to draw the best line.